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Griffin Bridges 5K Celebrates the Year's Successes

Sat., June 9, 2018

The Griffin Bridges Program hosted its 7th Annual Building Bridges 5K on Saturday June 9th at the Orange Reservoir in West Orange. This event brought together over 150 participants, including volunteers, families, Seton Hall Prep alumni, current students, Prep faculty event sponsors and USATF racers and community fun-runners. Participants were welcomed by President Msgr. Michael Kelly ’57, current program director Horton Sears ’09 and new director LaQuan Ford. LaQuan took the opportunity to introduce himself to the community and connect with families.

The Kid’s Fun-Run kicked off at 9am and the 5K Race a half-hour later. Over 115 registered to run, racing to place among the top three overall runners and by age group. Among the winners were SHP's Track and Field runners, senior Colin Schweitzer placing 1st overall with a time of 17:31.00 and senior Sean Wieszczek placing 3rd overall with a time of 18:57.25. Placing 2nd overall was Samuel Valente with a time of 19:33.75. For the female runners, Kerry Vaughan placed 1st overall at 20:22.77, while Desirae Piccoli placed 2nd overall with a time of 23:06.12 and Larisa Broglie 3rd overall with a time of 23:46.57.

After this year’s race, participants enjoyed a post-race brunch and awards ceremony hosted by McLoone’s Boathouse. One lucky participant won a SHP Basket in the free raffle drawing. “This year’s race was made possible by the generous sponsors and hard-working volunteers,” noted Horton Sears. The event raised nearly $20,000 thanks to the generosity of 24 sponsors. Among this year’s company sponsors were McLoone’s Boathouse, Goya Foods, Atlantic Spine Center, Peapack – Gladstone Bank and J’s Lawn Care Service. Next year the program looks forward to hosting its 8th Annual Race on June 8th, 2019.


Hugely Successful Golf Classic Hosts 200

Tue., June 19, 2018

Two hundred golfers took to the links at Montclair Golf Club on Monday, June 18, for the Prep’s Annual Golf Classic. The beautiful day provided the backdrop for a noontime lunch on the patio for the 200 golfers, who then took to the club's four nine-hole courses at one o'clock for the afternoon’s round. They reconnected at the cocktail hour held on the terrace, afterwards enjoying a gourmet dinner in the dining room. Closing out the evening was the announcement of the winners of the numerous golf awards, door prizes, silent auction winners and a 50/50 prize of $2,235.  • Much of the day’s success was owed to a large contingent of LEADERSHIP SPONSORS, Including Tournament Sponsor- Gallagher Insurance; Gift Sponsor- Acorn Financial (Joe Oakes ’90); Golf Cart Sponsor- J Burke Capital Partners (Jim Burke ’69); Bag Tag Sponsor- Frank ’59 and Mimi Walsh; Lunch Sponsor- Flag Wharf Inc. (Tom Cannon); Cocktail Hour Sponsor- PSEG; and Dinner Sponsor- Class of 1970.


2018 Car-B-Que hosts Great Looking Rides

Sat., June 9, 2018

The once-postponed Seton Hall Prep Car-B-Que took place at the Kelly Athletic Complex on June 14, hosting 70 car enthusiasts and 20 terrific looking "rides." Organized by the SHP Car Club, the afternoon's BBQ was sponsored by Minuteman Smoke house of Harding. The event raised $950 in support of the Griffin Bridges Program.


Baccalaureate and Commencement Close Out 2018

Sun., June 3, 2018

[view the weekend's programs for listings of speakers and award recipients]


Over 35 Senior Student-Athletes Committ to Play in College

May 30, 2018

Seton Hall Prep has over 35 student-athletes who have committed to continuing their careers in college. See the table below for a full alphabetized list graduating Pirates and where they are headed. Click on the cover image above or visit the media gallery for each student-athlete's graphic. 

2018 Committed Student-Athletes
Name Hometown College/University Sport
Anthony Algieri Nutley Worcester Polytechnic Institute Football
John Ariza Belleville Tulane University Baseball
Bobby Burke Roseland Muhlenberg College Football
Rocco Capozza Parsippany Fordham University Soccer
Cameron Carti Franklin Lakes Tufts University Football
Charlie Cunningham Peuannock Washington & Lee Wrestling
Alex DeMaio Livingston Muhlenberg College Lacrosse
Michael DiDonato Warren University of Maryland (College Park) Track & Field
John Farrell Bernardsville Bates College Lacrosse
David Festa Verona Trinity College Baseball
Cameron Fiore Long Valley Brown University Lacrosse
Michael Gaudioso Livingston McGill University Baseball
Jason Gomes Elizabeth Fordham University Soccer
Ryan Hebert Morris Plains Muhlenberg College Baseball
Alex Imegwu Short Hills University of Pennsylvannia Basketball
Will Juhlin Kinnelon Haverford College Lacrosse
Cole Kirst Bernardsville Lehigh University Lacrosse
Nick Kriak West Orange Hobart College Soccer
Matt Michaels East Hanover Providence College Swimming
Quinn Nilan Berkeley Heights Bentley University Football
Will Nomura Maplewood Muhlenberg College Baseball
Dominic Panayi Randolph University of Mary Washington Lacrosse
Nick Parisi Bloomfield Essex County College Track & Field
Michael Pavick Clifton Bucknell University Soccer
Andrew Perez North Caldwell Villanova University Football
James Petrovcik Westfield Villanova University Football
Luiz Reis Newark Rutgers University - Newark Track & Field
Ryan Sheppard Florham Park Montclair State University Baseball
Steven Sgaramella Florham Park Montclair State University Baseball
Frank Spano Bloomingdale Holy Cross Baseball
Peter Tevis Scotch Plains Widener University Lacrosse
Griffin Westlin Lebanon University of Notre Dame Lacrosse
Patrick Zadroga Basking Ridge Catholic University Baseball
Daniel Zarillo Long Valley US Coast Guard Academy Lacrosse
Jack Zyska Berkeley Heights Notre Dame Baseball

Baseball State Tournament Album Posted

Fri., June 1, 2018


Lacrosse State Final Photos in Gallery

Thu., May 30, 2018


Class of 2018 Celebrates at the Senior Prom

Wed., May 29, 2018


Late Season Lax and Baseball Photos In Gallery

Sat., May 26, 2018


Crew Team Photos In Gallery

Fri., May 25, 2018


The Band and The C-Tonians Bring Their Music to the Bayley Seton Stage

Fri., May 18, 2018

Last Wednesday evening the Seton Hall Prep Band and the C-Tonians presented their Spring Concert to several hundred parents and friends in Bayley Seton Auditorium. The audience enjoyed a wide-ranging program, featuring selections ranging from Bill Conti’s “The Right Stuff”, to Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and an arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s hits. The C-Tonians offerings were no less eclectic, including music from the 16th century, an American folk song and favorites by Rogers and Hart, and Lennon and McCartney. The Jazz Band brought a little swing to the festivities, with pieces like “Low Rider,” “The Way you Look Tonight,” and “That’s Life.” The Prep’s Band, under the direction of Arts Department Chairman Joe Neglia, comprises more than 120 students. The group does its work during class time, during lunch periods and after school. Theater Arts Chairperson Theresa Neglia directs the C-Tonians. See the entire program–


Golf Match Photos in Gallery

Mon., May 14, 2018


Track Conference Championships Photos in Gallery

Sat., May 12, 2018


Golf Photos Posted to Media Gallery

Mon., May 7, 2018


Celebrating The Year's Achievements

Mon., May 7, 2018

On Friday, May 4, The Prep student body and faculty gathered together to close out the school year with a celebration of the year’s achievements. With the auditorium packed and the freshmen in their homerooms watching a live stream of the assembly, several dozen students and a dozen faculty and staff members were honored with academic, activities and athletics awards or on the occasion of the announcement of their retirements. [photos of student award recipients will appear in the end-of-year Baccalaureate and Commencement website albums] See the program for all the award recipients.


The Week's Baseball Added to Gallery

Mon., May 7, 2018


Lacrosse Championship Album in Media Gallery

Sat., May 5, 2018


Spring Kac Dedications honor G. Kelly Martin '77 and Robert C. Williams Esq.

Mon., April 30, 2018

On Saturday April 28 Seton Hall Prep honored two stalwart supporters of The Prep with a pair of dedications at the Kelly Athletic Complex. That morning G. Kelly Martin ’77 cut the ribbon on the Junior Varsity Baseball Field as President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly dedicated the field in his honor. He was joined by Robert C. Williams Esq H’18 whose name now graces the scoreboard in left field.

The morning was a celebration of Kelly Martin’s longstanding financial support of the school, which recently has been instrumental in ensuring that the baseball program’s junior varsity team has a first rate field to play on, in keeping with the other venues at the KAC. As a Prep student-athlete under then head coach Fr. Stephen Kilcarr he was a left-handed pitcher and eventual Prep Hall of Famer, who began the 1977 season with a no-hitter against Union High School, the #1 team in the state. That year he went 10-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was named All County, All State All Groups, finishing up with a career mark of 21-5 with a 1.60 ERA. He went on to a degree and a playing career at Princeton, and then on to positions with Merrill Lynch, where he eventually headed a trio of global divisions. He is now CEO of Novan, Inc., a US based health care company. He has been married for 31 years to wife, Elizabeth (formerly Mortenson) with five children, now living in Connecticut after stops in Tokyo, London and New York.

Robert C. Williams Esq. was a key figure in the legal process that resulted finally in the completion of the athletic complex last year. Since his admission to the New Jersey Bar in 1975, he has represented clients in more than 500 applications for development before planning and zoning boards. He is regarded as the state’s top attorney in the field of land use. He and his staff took it upon themselves to shepherd the Prep’s application for development of the 40-acre site on Prospect Ave. before the West Orange Zoning Board. With monumental generosity and preparation involving hundreds of hours of work, he took the point on 30 meetings in front of the Board over three years. In accepting an honorary diploma from SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly and acknowledging his name emblazoned on the scoreboard, Mr. Williams noted how enthused he was to work on behalf of The Prep. He also took pains to thank the work of his paralegal assistant Eve Rappaport, who handled the organization of the thousands of pages of exhibits, appeals and motions during the process, and complimented the West Orange officials on the Zoning Board for their tireless work and professionalism during the seemingly endless and sometimes contentious process. Mr. Williams, a 1964 gradate of West Orange High School, and his wife Carole reside in West Orange.


Pirates Lacrosse Photos Posted

Fri., May 4, 2018


Big Night for the Fathers Club Auction

Mon., April 30, 2018

Last Saturday evening months of work by dozens of members of the Prep Fathers Club came to fruition in a wildly successful Pirates Treasure Auction and Car Raffle. With over 450 attendees packed into Walsh Gym, the largest group in recent memory, scores of auction items went up for grabs. The evening raised another record amount due to the overwhelming generosity from this year’s attendees by reaching highest auction amount ever raised in the event’s history.

As the event got under way, Prep Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, President Msgr. Michael Kelly and FC President Mike Nilan presented the 2018 Art Williams Award to former Fathers Club President Tom Lynch. The award is given in memory of the late Art Williams, whose tireless efforts “behind the scenes” for many years beginning in the’70s continues to be a hallmark membership in the Fathers Club. • Some of the event’s top prizes included use of a vacation home, golf outings, pearl earrings, concert tickets, sports event tickets, sports memorabilia, Apple brand electronics, Tag Heuer men’s watch, Tiffany jewelry, Waterford crystal, various restaurant gift cards, handbags and SLGs from Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Tory Burch, Kate Spade & Coach. The event climaxed with the pull of the winning raffle ticket for the new Audi QC.  • This year’s auction committee was led by returning Co-Chairmen Kevin Petrovcik & Joe Pecchi garnered over 240 prizes to offer up in Live, Silent & Tricky Tray Auctions. Also a hit, the Pirate Cork Pull & Treasure Chest games was conducted by ex FC President Ed Maffey. The Pirate Cove was erected for the event and  steered by Fathers Club Veterans Committee members, Tom Young (past FC President), Gary Steele, Bob Waldron, & Pete Nolan. Back for a 3rd straight year were the “Guys & Gals” raffle tables which were a huge success driven by the Super-Pac ticket deal which gave participants a discount on tickets. Former FC President Tom Lynch served as the evening’s emcee while Vinnie D’Antonio (Class of ‘80) headed up the event’s logistics.  • Said FC President Mike Nilan, “This group of fathers did an outstanding job putting together this year’s event. We are very proud to be a part of the Prep community and glad our event had such great support. We received help from everywhere in the Prep community this year, with assistance from the bookstore, the Mothers Auxiliary, and parents of the various sports teams/clubs.” He continued, “We also had great help from the student ambassadors during the event as well as some of the football team members who help to set up the gym on Friday after school. We are truly thrilled that Auction Night has become such a community event”. He went on to say that the event benefits from the continued support from FC Veteran’s Committee dads Bruce Desonne, John Santucci, Lou Puopolo & Tony Esposito as well as from returning Dads who joined the decorating committee; Joe Diamante, Vincent Nascone, Sergio Londono, Gary Tufaro, Bob & O’Connell and from freshman dads Mike Monteleone, Rob Wardus, Anthony Belotta, Peter Schwab, Jeff Bisig, Bruce Meringolo}. Also lending suport was a large contingent of parents from the incoming class of 2023


SHP Art Students Reach Out to Russia, Creating Portraits for The Memory Project

Friday, April 27, 2018

Several weeks ago, a group of Randy Schweitzer’s art students, in conjunction with The Memory Project, joined the efforts of over a thousand other students across America, creating portraits of students living in Russia who have been in abusive or neglectful circumstances. The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, disasters, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents.

In an article entitled “From America with Love” a Russian newspaper covering the presentation of these portraits to the children described these efforts as an act of kindness and a remarkable example of people’s diplomacy.

In addition to the portraits, students from The Prep also helped raise over $3,500 to support the organization.

“After watching the video, I was completely overwhelmed," said SHP senior, Giuseppe Percoco. "I had no idea of the enormity of this program and how it affects the children. It feels incredible to do something for a cause that is so much bigger than yourself.”

In a letter from The Memory Project, group coordinators thanked SHP for “helping us build peace and international friendship through the arts.”

The Memory Project shared a specially customized video with The Prep of the portraits’ travels to Russia and their presentation to the students, which can be seen below.

The Memory Project from Seton Hall Prep on Vimeo.

Big Lacrosse Victory in Media Gallery

Tue., April 24, 2018


Tennis and Track Photos in Media Gallery

Tue., April 24, 2018


Curtain Rises on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Mon., April 23, 2018

Last weekend the curtain rose on The Prep’s 2018 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Directed by Joseph A. Neglia, and assisted by Theresa Neglia, the three-night run of April 19 to 21 put a cap on four months of preparation and brought together the talents of nearly 75 Prep students and young ladies from neighboring schools.

The musical, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber of Jesus Christ Superstar fame, was their first collaboration to be performed publicly, first as a sung 20-minute “pop cantata” at the Colet Cort School in London in 1968. Following the success of Superstar, Joseph was produced on stage beginning in 1970, reaching the stage in London’s West End in 1973 and finally on Broadway in 1982. There it received Tony Nominations for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Performances by a Featured Actor and Featured Actress, and Best Choreography. View the program from the SHP production.


Stephon Smith Earns Bronze Medals in NAACP ACT-SO Competition

Thurs., April 19, 2018

Seton Hall Prep senior Stephon Smith received bronze medals in Written Poetry and Poetry Performance at the 29th edition of the NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition.

Stephon, who is headed to Rutgers University next fall, was a representative of the Newark ACT-SO Team sponsored by the Newark NAACP. He will be honored at the annual Governor's Awards in Arts Education in Trenton at the War Memorial Patriot Theater on May 22nd for his contributions in the category of Humanities.

Stephon has been an active participant of Newark ACT-SO for the past three years. On campus at The Prep Stephon is a varsity letter winner in both football and track, and a member of the West Indian Organization and the Wounded Warrior Project Club.

About the NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO)

The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.

Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

Wed., April 18, 2018

Seton Hall Prep had 18 students participate in National Letter of Intent Signing Day ceremonies this year across four different dates set by the NCAA. Of the 18 senior student-athletes who participated, 13 are committed to Division 1 colleges and universities. In the coming weeks a full list of committed senior student-athletes will be published. See below for information on our 17 student-athletes who participated in a signing day this school year, listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Anthony Algieri – Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Football: Anthony Algieri heads to WPI after a senior season in which he recorded 88 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 blocked kick. The defensive back from Nutley was named Essex County Scholar Athlete of the Year and has earned First Honors designation at Seton Hall Prep in the classroom all four years.

John Ariza – Tulane University – Baseball: John Ariza signed for Tulane following a junior season in which he allowed just 3 runs all year with a 1.46 ERA. The Belleville native is a Knight of Setonia at The Prep, along with a four-year volunteer for the SHP Baseball Special Friends Carnival.

Rocco Capozza – Fordham University – Men’s Soccer: Rocco Capozza was a defender at SHP who won two Essex County Titles, two SEC Titles, and a Non-Public A North Championship. Over his career, the Parsippany native notched two goals and six assists. Capozza was recently honored by the West Orange UNICO chapter with the Brian Piccolo Award after earning All-SEC Second Team and the SHP Soccer Dr. Richard Grady Award.

Cameron Carti – Tufts University – Football: Cameron Carti captained and quarterbacked The Prep’s football team and earned First Team All North Jersey Super Conference and Second Team All-County. The Tufts commit from Franklin Lakes passed for 2,742 yards and threw 23 touchdown passes, and earned weekly honors from both Jersey Sports Zone and NJ.com. Cameron, who has a 4.36 GPA, has earned First Honors every trimester and is a National Honors Society member.

Cameron Fiore – Brown University – Men’s Lacrosse: Cameron Fiore heads to Brown University an Academic All-American following his junior season in 2017. The Long Valley native also earned Second Team All-State in 2017 after recording 136 saves, including a game-high 18 against Hingham (MA). Cameron is a Commended National Merit Scholar, National Honors Society Member, Seton Scholar, Ambassador, and First Honors student.

Jason Gomes – Fordham University – Men’s Soccer: In just one season with The Prep Jason earned First Team All-Conference, First Team All-County, First Team All Non-Public, and Second Team All-State. The defender scored seven goals and tallied three assists in 25 games played. Gomes, an Elizabeth native, has been named to First Honors at SHP, The Spanish National Honors Society, and is a Knight of Setonia, along with participating in over 10 other clubs and extracurricular activities around school.

Alex Imegwu – University of Pennsylvania – Men’s Basketball: Alex averaged 16.4 points-per-game as a senior for the Pirates in his senior basketball season in which the Pirates went 24-3. For his efforts, Imegwu, a small forward from Short Hills, earned First Team All-Conference honors. Alex, a four-year First Honors student and National Honors Society member, will be coached by Steve Donahue and SHP alumnus Ira Bowman next year at UPenn.

Cole Kirst – Lehigh University – Men’s Lacrosse: Cole Kirst’s attacking prowess for The Prep has earned the Bernardsville native a commitment to play Division 1 lacrosse at Lehigh University. Kirst was a key contributor on the 2017 team that won the Essex County Tournament and finished as Non-Public A Finalists. Kirst, a First Honors student, also writes for the school newspaper, The Pirate.

Nick Kriak – Hobart College – Men’s Soccer: The tireless midfielder from West Orange heads to Hobart College next season after pacing the Pirates to both the SEC and Essex County Titles in 2017 with three goals and 26 assists. For his efforts, Kriak was named SCANJ First Team All-State, First Team All-SEC and Essex County, and First Team All Non-Public. Off the field, Kriak has been an Honor Roll member and Kairos retreat team leader.

Matthew Michaels – Providence College – East Hanover: Matt Michaels has starred for SHP in the pool for three years. The East Hanover native heads to Providence after earning First Team All-County in the 200 M Relay, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay, and 100 Fly. In the 100 Fly, Michaels held the third best time in school history after his junior season and attended the Meet of Champions multiple times. In his time at SHP Michaels has been a Knight of Setonia, Ambassador, Wounded Warrior Project Club member, and Future Lawyers Club member.

Quinn Nilan – Bentley University – Football: Quinn Nilan, a defensive end from Berkeley Heights, will continue his career in college at Bentley University next fall. In 2017 Nilan recorded 38 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. For his efforts he was named NJSFC First Team Defense All-Division. In the classroom Quinn has been an Honor Roll member and was a Kairos retreat leader this past winter.

Michael Pavick – Bucknell University – Men’s Soccer: Michael Pavick has donned the SHP varsity soccer kit for three years as a starter. The striker from Clifton had his senior campaign cut short due to injury, however was a key contributor his junior season when the Pirates won the Non-Public A North Title. Michael heads to Bucknell a perennial First Honors student, boasting a 4.1 cumulative GPA.

Andrew Perez – Villanova University – Football: Andrew Perez holds single game records at The Prep for most catches, most yards, and most touchdowns, and graduates 2nd all-time in career catches (98). The receiver from North Caldwell earned 939 yards on 56 receptions and scored 12 touchdowns in 2017. For his efforts he was named First Team All-Conference and Second Team All Non-Public. Perez is a member of the Wounded Warrior Project Club, Italian Club, and has also lettered in Lacrosse at The Prep.

James Petrovcik – Villanova University – Football: James Petrovcik heads to Villanova ranked in the Top 50 players in NJ for the Class of 2018. The left tackle from Westfield earned First Team All Super Conference in both his junior and senior seasons, and First Team All-Area as a senior. The future Wildcat also played freshman lacrosse and hockey at The Prep, and was a member of Knights of Setonia, Band, and Ski Club.

Frank Spano – Holy Cross – Baseball: Frank Spano features for The Prep as a left-handed pitcher and first baseman. The Holy Cross commit won the Essex County Title with SHP in 2017. Spano, a Bloomingdale native, impresses in the classroom as well earning Commended National Merit Scholar designation. He is also a Seton Scholar, First Honors student, and National Honors Society member. Frank is involved in Peer Leadership, Knights of Setonia, and Math Honors Society as well.

Griffin Westlin - Notre Dame - Men's Lacrosse - Griffin Westlin heads to Notre Dame an Under Armour All-American. In his senior season the attacker has tallied  a team best 24 goals and 16 assists through the first seven games. Griffin, a native of Leabanon (NJ), has helped lead the Pirates to county titles in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and finish as finalists in Non-Public A in 2017. In the classroom Westlin has been a perrenial Honor Roll student.

Daniel Zarillo – United States Coast Guard Academy – Men's Lacrosse: Daniel Zarillo, a midfielder and attacker from Long Valley, has been a three-year varsity letter winner at The Prep. The Coast Guard commit notched 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in 2016 and 28 points (22 goals, 6 assists, 6 ground balls) in 2017. A National Honors Society member, Zarillo has featured on the Honor Roll all four years, and is a recipient of the Headmaster’s Honors Scholarship. Outside of the classroom Zarillo has participated in Knights of Setonia, a Kairos retreat, and the 2014 Fall Drama, while also earning varsity letters in winter track in 2016 and 2017.

Jack Zyska – University of Notre Dame – Baseball: Jack Zyska heads to Notre Dame a decorated student-athlete. The senior outfielder earned First Team All-State as early as sophomore year following The Prep’s Non-Public A State Title. For his efforts in that historic run, Jack was also named a Perfect Game Underclass All American. In that 2016 season, Jack boasted a .500 batting average with 19 RBI, 3 HR, 8 2B, 8 SB, and 37 runs scored. In 2017 he hit .329 with 24 RBI, 2 HR, 5 2B, 1 3B, 10 SB, and 22 runs. Zyska, who hails for Berkeley Heights, is also a Peer Leader and Knight of Setonia.

2nd Week Pirates Lax & Baseball Photos in Media Gallery

Sat., April 14, 2018

• Lacrosse vs Westfield [album]
• Baseball vs Nutley [album]
• Baseball vs Caldwell [album]
• Lacrosse vs Delbarton [album]


Pirates Lacrosse Win Album Posted

Sat., April 7, 2018


Pirates Come Alive for win

Fri., April 6, 2018


Pirates Lacrosse Rolls Past West Essex

Wed., April 4, 2018


Alex Wang & Ryan Martynowicz Named National Merit Finalists

Sun., March 25, 2018

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced that Seton Hall Prep seniors Alex Wang (Montville) and Ryan Martynowicz (Florham Park) have been chosen from among the top 1% of 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools that took the 2016 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, naming them as Finalists. • The pool of eligible students includes the highest schoring entrants in each state, and is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To become a Finalist the student and his high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. Requirements include an outstanding academic record throughout high school, endorsement and recommendation by a high school official, a written essay, and SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. • In addition to the pair of Finalists, nine Prep seniors were named as Commended Students in the scholarship competition: Cameron Fiore (Long Valley), Damani Francis (East Orange), James Lederman (Pine Brook), Kyle Mis-kovich (Nutley), Matthew Murray (East Hanover), Ernesto Ruiz (Wharton), Frank Spano (Bloomingdale), Francisco Valliciergo (Mountainside) and Matthew Wettengel (East Hanover). [photo: Alex Wang (l) and Ryan Martynowicz (r), with SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, Assistant Headmaster for Academics Kevin McNulty and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan.]


Frosh and Seniors Offer a Day of Service

Tue., March 20, 2018

Last Tuesday, the day before our fourth nor’-easter, while The Prep’s sophomores and juniors slaved away at their PSAT and ACT exams, the freshmen and seniors offered up their “day off” in the service of a dozen New Jersey organizations specializing in the support of the Metro area’s citizen’s in need.

[As seen in the photos] a group of seniors headed down Clinton Avenue in Newark to help in the rehab of a former convent at Blessed Sacrament Church. They took on the role of “handy men” during the morning in support of Good Counsel Homes, "a nationally recognized nonprofit leader and innovator in creating supportive residential care and community-based services for homeless, expectant, and new mothers and their children in the context of the Catholic social tradition." Meanwhile, a group of 50 frosh and seniors set to work packing food packages for “Rise Against Hunger”, an international hunger relief organization that "distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030." The morning's efforts will wind up in the Caribbean and Africa to nourish school children who can’t afford their own meals. The 10,300 packets produced by the students contain rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and spices, as well as vitamins and minerals, enough for six meals. On the other side of the Dining Hall, a similar group crafted therapy hand puppets for chemo-therapy patients at Barnabas Hospital.

In other efforts seniors did rehab work Jersey City’s Magnificat House, a shelter for battered women; prepped and served meals at neighboring Our Lady of the Valley’s Food Pantry and Newark’s St. John’s Food Kitchen; wrote letters for Wounded Warrior Project to service members stationed overseas; visited the elderly at a West Orange nursing home; built and organized a new storage room at an East Orange veterans’ support organization; and roamed NY’s Penn Station to distribute winter coats, gloves and sandwiches to the area’s homeless.


Pirates Robotics Advances

Monday, March 18, 2018

In just the group’s third year, The Prep’s Robotics Team emerged from the second week of New Jersey robotics competition with a finish in the top half of the 36 teams, their best finish ever. Held a the sprawling campus of Bridgewaer-Raritan High School, the Pirates Team sent Bot 5992 into an arena set up in front of more than a thousand raucous and self-proclaimed nerds and gearheads. The festive three-day event saw 5992 rack up five wins against five losses, in a competition that tested the mettle of Pirates technicians and coders to the limit. Saturday morning, on a machine that could have had a thousand things go wrong, a couple too many did, with wiring and the intake mechanics causing problems, not the least of which resulted in a goal scored for the other team. But the second round witnessed a turnaround and 5992’s climber, engineered only days before, performed perfectly in a pair of attempts to raise itself several feet off the floor. The morning’s work as a qualifier gained the team a position going into the semis as first backup and when Unions Bot 1257 suffered a breakdown, 5992 was called into action, where it got into the fray against the top alliance. The experience and a week of tweeking will stand the team in good stead in next weekend’s event in Montgomery.

The event's sponsor, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science, math, engineering and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the not-for-profit public organization designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities those fields, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Seeking to ensure that America does not fall behind the rest of the world, FIRST has corralled sponsorships from such major enterprises as Rockwell, Underwriters Laboratories, GM, Johnson & Johnson, Chrysler, Picatinny Arsenal and the Department of Defense. Participation in the events does not come cheaply to the schools. Prep community members having suggestions about ways to garner corporate sponsorship for the school’s program, are encouraged to contact Team Adviser Minh Trinh.


Navy Senior and SHP '13 Tom Lacey Features in Dark Horse Dunker Finals

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Navy senior and Seton Hall Prep graduate, Tom Lacey, was one of 16 seniors nomiated for the national Dark Horse Dunker competition and currently stands as one of two student-athletes left in the competition!

Lacey, a political science major, is set to graduate on May 26 before commissioning into the Marine Corps and heading to The Basic School (TBS) at Quantico in late June. As his senior season concludes, he strives to get the change to showcase his talent in San Antonio ahead of the Final Four. He will finish his career at Navy with more than 670 points, more than 606 rebounds and at least 125 assists. He has started 91 games, 13th in Navy history. He is also fifth all-time at Navy in career offensive rebounds with 223, and sixth in career defensive rebounds with 383. His career shooting percentage is .511, 13th best in Navy history.

The Dark Horse Dunker comptetion is voted on by fans online in head-to-head match ups. Lacey is now in the final around, pitted against Max Pearce of Purchase College. Please follow this link to vote on their website now!

The Midshipmen senior's home court at Navy is named after longtime Assistant Athletic Director in charge of Admissions, Mr. Dave Smalley. Smalley, a member of Seton Hall Prep's Class of 1952, served in the US Marine Corps where he was a member of the All-Marine Basketball Team. He went on to hold head coaching positions with the both the Navy Men's and Women's Basketball teams, before concluding his career as a Senior Associate Athletic Director for Admissions, Academics, and Compliance for each of Navy's 31 varsity sports. Navy officially named the basketball court at Alumni Hall "Dave smalley Court" in honor of his numerous contributions to Navy basketball and athletics.

For the full feature article on Tom Lacey in the Washington Post, click here.

Nick Parisi Takes Gold in Easterns 400m

Sat. March 10, 2018

Pirates senior Nick Parisi took the gold in his specialty, the 400m dash, at the Eastern States Championships held at the venerable 168th Street Armory in Manhattan on February 20. His time of 49.56 was the fastest in New Jersey at the time, equaling his gold medal time at the Super Essex Conference Meet in December. He followed up his Easterns win a week later with a bronze medal performance at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions (49.66) and a personal record 49.16 the first week of March at the New Balance Indoor National Championships.


Swim Team Finishes Among SHP's Best Ever

Sat. March 10, 2018

The Pirates Swim Team recently concluded a spectacularly successful season, featuring some of the best team performances ever, an undefeated regular season dual meet schedule, another SEC/Essex County Championship and a near-takedown of the eventual champions in the Non-Public A State Tournament. See the details at gopirates.com


Spectacular Model Now Resides at SHP

Friday, March 9, 2018

Seton Hall Prep recently received a spectacular work of art that could easily find a home in a museum. Several weeks ago the family of Anthony Falcone (1914-1995) presented to Prep Italian teacher Anthony Lupica a exquisitely detailed scale model of the Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano). • Born in Roseto Valfortore in Italy, as a youngster Tony learned every aspect of furniture making, from the cutting down of trees to designing and building the finished product. After coming with his family to America in 1928 and settling in Madison, with no formal schooling and without any knowledge of English, Tony began work on his model of the Milan Duomo. Using a simple coping saw and a small hand drill, he constructed the model by cutting meticulously detailed pieces out of very thin plywood using patterns he got from Italy. •  In presenting the model to The Prep, Tony’s son, Philip, recalled as a teenager seeing his father work on the model, not for any particular purpose , but as a simple pastime and labor of love. •  The actual Duomo was built over a period of six centuries, from 1386 to 1965. Over the years more than 80 architects and engineers oversaw its design and contruction. The Cathedral suffered damage during WWII, but repairs ensued and construction continued. It is the third largest cathedral in the world. Since its completion it has undergone refurbishing for the Holy Year in 2000 and renovation between 2003 and 2009 to restore the colors of the Candoglia marble. • In accepting the model from the Falcone family, Mr. Lupica remarked, "We now have in room 316 the finest representation and model of the Duomo di Milano that there is anywhere in the world.”


Basketball Tournament Quest Begins in Gallery

Sat. March 4, 2018


Wrestling Region 4 Photos in Media Gallery

Sat. February 24, 2018


2018 Buzz-Off Supports Cancer Research

Friday, February 23, 2018

Yesterday an enormous and exhuberant lunchtime crowd in Bayley Seton Auditorium cheered on the 2018 renewal of the Buzz-Off for Cancer Research. In a little over an hour, in conjunction with Tag Day, the organizers raised over $5000 for the cause, as students, administrators and faculty made pledges in support of their colleagues who offered up their treasured locks, beards and moustaches. Highlight of the event turned out to be the arrival down the aisle of President Msgr. Michael Kelly waving a $100 bill that would turn Mrs. Theresa Neglia’s light trim into a full-blown buzz.

The event was organized by seniors Dan Wikstrom, Vincent Zanna and Tim Metcalf. Operators of the barber shears were faculty members Horton Sears and Chris Scheick, current parents Terrence Sekel, Camille bishop, Marie Guarniccio, Jess Carbeau and Joe Krakoviak, along with friend of The Prep Will Babcock.


Hockey Tournament Album in Gallery

Thursday, February 22, 2018


SETON HALL PREP NAMES NEW FOOTBALL COACH

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Seton Hall Prep Athletic Director Larry Baggitt has announced that the school’s new head football coach is William Fitzgerald.

Coach Fitzgerald will come to The Prep with a long and proven track record of cultivating excellence in student-athletes, while instilling a commitment to both winning and good sportsmanship. Since 2008 he has been the Quarterback Coach/Offensive Coordinator at St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, bringing with him to Seton Hall Prep a history of developing highly regarded quarterbacks and offenses. Coach Fitzgerald has been recognized with appointments to a number of prominent high school All-Star coaching teams. Prior to his post at St. Peters, he held coaching posts at Dumont High School and Utica College.

Upon accepting the position, Coach Fitzgerald remarked, “I am honored to be given this opportunity to become the head coach of the SHP Football Program, a program rich in history and tradition for over a century. I understand the incredible responsibility that this leadership position demands and I am thrilled to begin this journey with an outstanding group of players, coaches, administrators and alumni. I’m also excited to make an impact in the classroom, working with a highly motivated student body. I want to thank my family for their endless support and Rich Hansen and everyone at St. Peter’s Prep who guided me throughout my many years there. I cannot wait to get started, Hazard Zet Forward!”

William Fitzgerald is a graduate of and former football player at Union College, where he graduated in 2003 with a degree in Psychology and his Masters Degree in Special Education from New Jersey State University. For the last 10 years he has been employed as a teacher in the Union City school system. He will also assume a position at Seton Hall in the Learning Assistance Program.

Coach Fitzgerald takes the reins at Seton Hall Prep following the departure of Coach Vito Campanile. The school has one of the longest athletic traditions in New Jersey, with the football team playing its first game in the late 1800s. He is the 15th football coach since 1930. Coach Tony Verducci held the longest tenure, from 1955 to 1987, when his teams captured 11 Parochial A titles and posted 104 shutouts. Quarterback on his 1956 team was the school’s current President, Msgr. Michael E. Kelly ’57.

Largest Class in a Decade Signs Up on Registration Day

Mon. Feb. 19

On Saturday, February 10, the 2017-2018 Admission Season officially came to a close with the registration of the largest incoming class in nearly a decade. Representing 83 towns and 109 different schools, over 275 families officially joined the Seton Hall Prep Community as the incoming Class of 2022 as they signed up in the school dining hall. While the sign-up for next year’s freshman class is now full, additional applications are still being accepted with the view that qualified future applicants will be moved to the existing wait list.

Setting the stage for tremendous response on Registration Day, Candidates’ Day— held on January 28— was a standing-room-only affair, with nearly 300 families attending. The applicant pool for The Class of 2022 was over 650— and still counting. Representing the highest average entrance scores in the last decade, expectations for the Class of 2022 are high. The top five-sending towns for the class are: West Orange (15), Madison (13), Florham Park (12), Montclair (12), and Warren (12).


Robotics Team Readies for Competition

Mon. Feb. 19

The Prep Robotics Club is hard at work preparing the 2018 version of SHP's Bot 5992 for competitive action a month from now. While in previous years the team's robots worked hard to compete yet unfortunately presented a somewhat ramshackle appearance (what witht the plywood and duct tape occasionally in evidence), this year's machine is shiny, sleek and close to "majestic" as it rears up to its full height of seven feet. Science teacher and Robotics adviser Minh Trinh explained that the machine is a "wheeled intake mounted to a cascade elevator system. It is designed to pick up cubes and stack them on a large 6-ft scale. Teams score points by tipping the scale in their favor." The 100-pound automaton, consisting of hundreds of parts and under construction for two months, is the work of the 35-man club, comprising several separate teams: designers, engineers, electricians, programers, fabricators, drivers, even PR operatives. • SHP's Bot 5992 will make its first public appearance at a monstrous competition March 16-18 at Bridgewater-Raritan HS, along with nearly 100 other schools and with the raucous encouragement of nearly 1000 self-proclaimed nerds and geeks cheering them on from the stands. See the story and photos from last year's event.


Basketball Tournament Photos in Gallery

Tue. Feb. 13


Ash Wednesday Sets SHP on the Path to Easter

Tue. Feb. 13

At a pair of Masses as the Winter Trimester drew to a close, The Prep opened the 40-day period of spiritual preparation for Easter. Chaplains Rev. James White and Zach Swantek served as celebrants, blessing the ashes following the Gospel; they were joined at the altar by President Msgr. Michael Kelly and former Prep teacher Fr. Bill Melillo. The ashes were placed on the foreheads of students and faculty in the sign of the cross by The Prep’s Eucharistic Ministers as manifestations of their faith and of a commitment to bring the Word to the world at large. Music Ministry led the assemblies in song.


SHP Celebrates the Chinese New Year

Tue. Feb. 13

Celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog, started off with a bang, as drums and cymbals announced the arrival down the main aisle of a 12-foot lion. The traditional Lion Dance, celebrating the new year and driving away evil spirits, was performed by science teacher Minh Trinh, with instrumental accompaniement by Ruiqi "Ricky" Zhang '18 and Chase Shealey '19. As the lion departed, Mandarin teacher and Master of Ceremonies Michael Hegedus welcomed the activities period assembly and introduced Mingchen "Peter" Sun '19 and Zhixiang "Ace" Zhou '18, who performed the duet Qing Tian "Clear Sky", a Chinese pop song made famous by famous singer Jay Chou. They were followed by a fan dance to the accompaniment of music from Huang Fei Hong, the famous Chinese martial arts movie featuring Jet Li. Doing the honors on stage were Nicholas Brown '20, Kenneth Huang '21, David Ndu '19, Johnny Prout '19, Chase Shealey '19. Members of the AP Chinese class finished up with the singing of a Chinese folk tune and the program concluded with trivia questions and raffle prizes.


Basketball Thriller in Gallery

Fri. Feb. 9


Hockey Album in Media Gallery

Mon. Feb. 5


Renowned College Choir Joins in with the Knights of Setonia

Sun. Jan. 28

Last Friday’s Knghts of Setonia Mass was a very special occasion as the Mass was celebrated to the accompaniment of the Saint Michael's College Liturgical Ensemble and Singers. Principal celebrant was St. Michael’s College Director of Campus Ministry Rev. Brian Cumminngs S.S.F. On their annual winter tour the 35 members of the group will offer music for Mass at a pair or Catholic high schools and a pair of churches during their visit to the Metro area. Following Mass at The Prep, they headed to St. Vincent Academy in Newark.

The St. Michael’s group, based in Colchester, Vermont, is led by musical director Jerome Monachino, who directs 11 instrumentalists and 24 singers, comprising campus adults and students. “We have been doing these trips every year for 15 years—it is a great experience to take our ministry on the road to meet high school students, alumni and friends of Saint Michael’s,” Father Cummings said. “It gives our students a deeper sense of mission and of spreading God’s Word in song as members of the choir.” Fr. Cummings is a member of the Society of St. Edmund, the religious community of priests and brothers that founded Saint Michael's College in 1904. He noted that the appearances at the Catholic high schools nicely coincide with the end of the nationally observed Catholic Schools Week.

The Saint Michael’s Liturgical Choir and Ensemble performs in its own eclectic and popular musical style, using a combination of African, Brazilian, and American Swing flavors to compliment traditional hymn singing. The group was one of the few choirs invited to perform for Pope John Paul II at World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado, in 1993. The program included several pieces composed by director Monachino, who beyond his duties with the choir is an accomplished jazz performer, composer and recording artist.

Following the Mass, Msgr. Harahan led a large group to an area on the first floor, where he blessed a newly acquired piece of art, a mosaic depicting St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, a gift of The Prep's Rambusch Family. The five-foot tall installation is a replica of the mosaic of Mother Seton in the 60-foot Trinity Dome of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

Rambusch Lighting, founded in 1898, is the acknowledged national standard-setter for crafting visual environments through lighting, furnishings, stained glass, mosaic and restoration. The company, now in the hands of the fourth generation, has been entrusted with major well known installations over the decades, including at the Roxy Theater, the Mark Hellinger Theatre, the public rooms of the Waldorf Astoria hotel, the Empire State Building and the Fireman's Memorial at Ground Zero in NYC.


Huge Crowd Gathers for Candidates' Day

Sun. Jan. 28

On Sunday, January 28, the largest crowd in memory of accepted students and their families arrived a Bayley Seton Auditorium for Candidates Day and an opportunity to fine-tune their high school choice for the next four years. A standing room only gathering was greeted by selections from the SHP Band, and welcomes from Admission Director Michael Zinsmesiter, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and President Msgr. Michael Kelly. Mr. Zinsmesiter offered the families details on the curriculum, the co-curricular and athletics programs and transportation opportunities. The families also heard from a trio of Prep seniors— Michael DiDonato, Christian McNeill and Peter Pinto— who spoke about their Prep experience and what lies ahead for them following graduation. Following the assembly, the families headed off to the Dining Hall where they met with members of the various academic departments, reviewed potential course placement, made purchases of all manner of Prep gear from the Bookstore and enjoyed refreshments provided by the Mothers Auxiliary. The families’ final choices will be made during the coming days, with Registration Day taking place on Sat. Feb. 10.


B'Ball Photos Posted

Mon. Jan. 29


Big Wrestling Win Album Posted to Gallery

Sat. Jan. 27


Kairos 86.35 Returns Rejuvenated

Fri. Jan. 26

The first Kairos Retreat of 2018 and third of the school year, Kairos 86.35, returned on Friday from four days away from the daily routine of life at school and at home. For the students, the days of spiritual reflection and sharing with their peers reflects the significance attached nowadays to taking part in this program— Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan has called it, “an integral part of The Prep experience.”

The theme of the Kairos Retreat is “To love and be loved,” realized through a series of talks presented by student leaders and the attending adults, liturgies and small group discussions that follow. The opportunities for self-reflection and the subsequent realization that each personal experience is shared by many others in the room often lead to what has become know as the “Kairos Moment.” Campus Ministry Director Sharon Rondinella described that as when “events fall together and the realization dawns that God has been at work in the seemingly unconnected events…God’s presence is really felt.”

Upon his return from the retreat Assistant Headmaster Kevin McNulty remarked, “It was tremendously moving as I listened to students and faculty witness to their experiences of God in one another, and in the difficulties of daily life. The students spoke of their gratitude for the faculty and the community here at The Prep, especially the caring attention that they receive. Kairos truly is at the center of our mission.” Kairos 86.35 marks the third retreat of the year, with two more remaining on the calendar.

Leading the 55 retreatants were student leaders Jack Agnew, John Ariza, Dominick Barone, Harry Brothers, Chris Colangelo, Tim Crandall, Tyler Davis, Cameron Fiore, Sean Giiligan, Brian Kelly, Cole Kirst, Nicholas Kriak, Quinn Nilan, Joey Percoco, Andrew Perez, Nicholas Ren, Jimmy Ward and Griffin WestlinThe were assisted by faculty members Will Denk, Michael Kane, Margaret Mainardi, Vinnie McMahon, John Merklinger, Julie Wester, Campus Ministry Director Sharon Rondinella, Chaplain Fr. Zach Swantek and Director of Retreats Billy Ward.


Chris Herren Shares the Story of His Fall and Recovery

Fri. Jan. 26

Former McDonald's All-American and NBA standout Chris Herren, who at 42 has experienced the heights of athletic stardom, the depths of addiction and discovery of the path to recovery, returned to Seton Hall Prep last Wednesday to recount his story and to deliver challeneges to both the students and their parents.

The story of his rise, fall and recovery have been documented many times across America in articles, books and films. The Hartford Courant summed it up: “The Fall River, Massachusetts native went from the hallowed parquet floor of Boston Garden to the streets, a junkie looking for his next heroin fix. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets, later ending up with the Boston Celtics. His name went from the sports pages to the front pages, as his drug-fueled mishaps piled up - as did the arrests. For the past six years, Herren has shared his stories with professional athletes to prisoners to children and still or recovering addicts.” Chris attributes his decision to get on the road to recovery to the devastating advice given him by a counselor after a fourth overdose: "Tell your kids you died in a car accident. Have your wife explain it to the children. And live your life and let them be.” He has been sober in the eight years since he said heard that.

Chris is the founder of The Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing treatment navigation, educational and mentoring programs to those touched by addiction and to educate on the dangers of substance abuse. In 2012 The Herren Project launched a national anti-substance abuse campaign, Project Purple, to encourage people of all ages to stand up to substance abuse.

The pair of assemblies, to the students in the morning and to parents in the evening, were sponsored by The Prep's Lumby Family. 


Pirates Basketball Victory Album

Sat. Jan. 20


Pirates Wrestling Takes 3rd Straight County Championship

Sat. Jan. 20

Last weekend Pirates Wrestling captured its thired consecutive Essex County Tournament and fourth in the last five years. The Pirates took home five Individual titles and 11 medals in all. The charge was led by senior Captain Danny Young, who wrestled a 4-round total of three minutes and eight seconds in pinning his way to the title at 160 pounds. Freshman Conner Decker continued his winning ways to become only the fifth SHP wrestler to capture an ECT title as a freshman (equaling the total of ECT titles held by his uncle, Head Coach Jack Decker). Senior Captain Charlie Cunningham (ranked # 7 in NJ) in the premier bout of the event lost a close overtime match to Cedar Grove's (#4 ranked) Anthony Clarizio. Also winning titles for The Prep were junior Niko Diakides at 285, stepping up from his second place finish in 2017 to win his first crown; sophomore Larry Melchionda at 106 and senior Captain Maguire Pecci, who, in his first action since the opening weekend, dominated at 138 pounds. Rounding out the list of Prep medal winners were Mike Massa (152) and Alex Garcia (170) with third place finishes; Dean Muscialowicz (120) with a fourth and Jack Wilt (145) and Zach Merlino (182) taking fifth.

FINAL STANDINGS: 1-Seton Hall Prep, 239.5; 2-West Essex, 169.5; 3-Caldwell, 150.0; 4-Cedar Grove, 142.0; 5-Livingston, 138.0; 6-Nutley, 116.5; 7-Verona, 113.0; 8-West Orange, 87.5; 9-Irvington, 83.0; 10-Columbia, 67.0.


Pirates Baseball's Annual Winter Games Carnival

Sun. Jan. 14

Last Sunday the Prep Baseball Program hosted its 4th Annual Winter Games Carnival for developmentally delayed and physically challenged children and adults. With several dozen guests arriving from area group homes or as individuals accompanied by parents, and with the 60 members of the baseball program joined by a dozen Prep student volunteers and students from Mt. St. Dominic Academy, the afternoon’s activities included board games, movies, boardwalk games and snacks. Pirates senior team members organized the event, with Frank Spano overseeing the crafts and board game area in the Dining Hall and Ryan Hebert the gymnasium activities. In his pre-event instructions to his players on their responsibilities, Coach Mike Sheppard emphasized how important a day like this is for the guests. He noted that the day's success would be measured by how many smiles his players make happen.

The success of this year’s event, along with previous year’s carnivals, was helped along by Prep Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon, Co-Director of Camp New Day and liason with enterprises in support of the disabled like ARC of Essex/Cedar Grove and ARC of Essex/Verona.In addition to the winter games carnival, Baseball Coach Mike Sheppard’s program annually hosts a fall baseball clinic in conjuction with Camp New Day.


Hockey Win In Gallery

Sat. Jan 14


Basketball Photos In Gallery

Tue. Jan 9


Hockey Win Posted in Media Gallery

Wed. Jan 3


Wrestling Quad Photos in Gallery

Sat. Dec 30


Christmas B'Ball Tournament Photos

Fri. Dec 29


Track Championship Meet Photos Posted

Sat. Dec 23


hockey ALBUM POSTED

Fri. Dec 22


B'Ball Album in Media Gallery

Tue. Dec. 19


7th Annual Teen Summit Attacks Issues Surrounding Hunger

Tue. Dec. 19

December 5 brought together Seton Hall Prep’s 7th annual High School Hunger Summit, with student groups from 23 metro-area high schools gathering to brainstorm on strategies to deal with the world-wide issues surrounding hunger and malnutrition. SHP Director of Service Learning Vincent McMahon welcomed the guests with the caution that simply arriving at the conclusion that “hunger is bad” or to merely empathize with those suffering from hunger would be time ill-spent. He challenged them to come up with real-world solutions using modern technology and strategies.

The more than 220 students and their two dozen advisers set off for workshops, returning later to the auditorium to report on their discussions and their “action plans” that they could bring back to their schools. Among the topics of the workshops were: how to direct one’s specific talents towards effective volunteerism; mobilizing community projects; understanding the effects of climate change on global food production; building community gardens in food insecure areas; providing nutrition in hard economic times, among others. While the students met in classrooms throughout the building, the advisers convened in the Media Center to exchange ideas on ways they and their school’s student activists can make an impact.

Each student workshop group came up with three action points that they presented to the second session assembly. Many of the groups touched on the need to contact area politicians about the issues surrounding hunger and the need to work concerns about a changing climate into the discussion. Other innovative ideas included individual and group challenges to reduce carbon footprints; developing fundraising strategies for local foodbanks and pantries; and providing donation bins outside school cafeterias to collect uneaten and unopened food. One group suggested taking the Food Stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) challenge of feeding oneself on $4 a day.

The school represented were: Academy of Holy Angels, Al-Mihhaal Academy, An-Noor Academy, Applied Tech High, Benedictine Academy, Bergen Charter Arts, Bishop Ahr, Bishop Laughlin, Don Bosco, East Side Junior ROTC, Morris Catholic, Mother Seton, Mt. St. Mary, Mt. St. Dominic, Noble Academy, Oak Knoll, Parsippany High, St. Joseph Metuchen, Union Catholic, Wardlaw- Hartridge, West Orange High . The morning’s activities were directed by Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella, Director of Service Learning Vincent McMahon and The Community FoodBank’s Hunger Action Coordinator Laura Sodano. Student organizers were Prep seniors Dan Wikstrom and Vincent Zanna.


Pirates B'Ball Opens with Big Win vs Immaculate

Fri. Dec. 15


Christmas Concert Sets The Stage For The Upcoming Holiday

Fri. Dec. 15

Last Wednesday evening, December 13, the Seton Hall Prep Band and the C-Tonians presented their annual Christmas Concert in Bayley Seton Auditorium to a large gathering of parents and friends. Under the direction of Arts Department Chairman Joseph Neglia, the Band’s 125 members offered a widely varied program of works— by composers ranging from Mozart and Bernstein to John Williams and Freddie Mercury. They were joined in the second part of the concert by the C-Tonians, directed by Theresa Neglia. Following selections by the Brass and Woodwind Ensemble, the entire Band re-formed for a selection of Christmas music to set the stage for the upcoming holiday. [view the evening's program]


Celebrating Leadership Giving at The Annual Parents’ Christmas Party

Fri. Dec. 8

More than a hundred SHP parents gathered at the home of Rob and Rose Colangelo P’16’18 last Friday evening to celebrate leadership giving to The Prep this past year. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and President Msgr. Michael Kelly were on hand to thank parents for their continued support and dedication to the school. With the backdrop again of the Colangelo’s beautifully decorated home and their 20-foot, brightly-lit Christmas tree, parents from all class years gathered for a joyful evening of delicious food, festive drinks and an array of homemade desserts. We are so grateful to our parents for their generous support!


Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Fri. Dec. 8


Mothers Auxiliary Kicks Off Holiday Season

Wed., December 6, 2017

Last Tuesday evening the Seton Hall Prep Mothers Auxiliary celebrated the start of the holiday season and the success of their Fall Fashion show at the group’s annual Christmas Social. Highlighting the evening was the presentation of a check for $95,000 to SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan by Fashion Show Co-Chairs Colette Lamonthe and Stacy Baker, President Donna Pinto and Treasurer Wascary Hinds. The gift represented the proceeds from a wide variety of fund-raisers and the year-long gargantuan effort towards November’s 38th Annual Fashion Show “Around the World at The Prep,” held at Mayfair Farms in West Orange.


Rich Baird Announced as crew Head Coach

Wed., December 6, 2017

Seton Hall Prep has hired Rich Baird to be the Head Coach of the Crew team. Coach Rich Baird started rowing in college as a member of the Ohio State Crew Club where he rowed for four years. After college, he served a short term as an assistant coach for Raleigh Charter High School in North Carolina in 2006. Following several years away from the sport, Coach Baird joined the Montclair High School Crew team for a season before moving to Ridgewood Crew and Nereid Boat Club for the 2012-2013 seasons.

As an assistant coach at Ridgewood, Coach Baird helped lead the team to great success in state, regional, and national competitions. Ridgewood won multiple Garden State Championship events and City Championship events. The crowning achievements during the years at Ridgewood include winning 5 Stotesbury Cup Trophies and 3 SRAA National Championship events.

Kairos 86.34 Returns, Celebrating Long-Lasting Kairos Moments

Fri. Dec. 1

Friday afternoon one of the largest groups ever to attend the Kairos Retreat returned to The Prep after four days away, to celebrate a concluding Mass before returning home with their parents. The 50 junior and senior candidates attending the second Kairos of the year, Kairos 86.34, had spent their time away from school in Long Valley at the Leibenzel Retreat Center, the scene of the year’s first retreat in October. The January and Spring retreats will take place in Stony Point, New York, at the Don Bosco Retreat Center there.

The theme of the Kairos Retreat Program is “To love and be loved,” realized through a series of talks presented by student leaders and the attending adults, and liturgies and small group discussions that follow. The program has become, as Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan has put it, “an integral part of The Prep experience.” The opportunities during the four days for self-reflection, and the realization that each personal experience is shared by many others in the room often lead to what has become know as the “Kairos Moment.” Campus Ministry Director Sharon Rondinella described that as when “events fall together and the realization dawns that God has been at work in the seemingly unconnected events. God’s presence is really felt. Like pieces of a puzzle falling into place and God’s hopes and dreams for us are clearly evident.” Director of the program Billy Ward remarked after Thursday’s afternoon deeply personal session, “That’s what we’re talking about. That was a Kairos Moment! When you get back to school and your families, or when you get to college, you want to be aware of other similar Kairos Moments that will be there for you to experience.”

The junior and senior student leaders, previous Kairos candidates themselves, were Erik Bodnar, Giordan Cerbo, Matthew DiCaro, Michael DiDonato, David Festa, Ryan Hebert, Will Juhlin, Tyler McGuigan, Romuald (RJ) Merluza, Daniel Morace, Pierson Rambusch, Jack Sarson, Bobby Sheppard, Frank Spano, Zack Trautz, and Patrick Zadroga. They were accompanied by faculty members Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon, Director of Campus Ministry Rondinella, Theology teacher John Stanczak, Chaplain Fr. Zach Swantek, School Counselor Mark Vitale, PhysEd teacher Mike Sheppard, and Director of Retreats Billy Ward. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and Chaplain Fr. Jim White assisted with the celebration of the Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


Pirates STay Hot on the Ice- in the Media Gallery

Fri. Dec. 1


hockey Opener Photos in Media Gallery

Mon. Nov 27


Baseball Alumni Reunite at 10th Annual Gathering

Wed. Nov 22

The Pirates Baseball Program reunited for the 10th year in a row the night before Thanksgiving at McLoone's Boathouse in West Orange. Nearly 50 players and many of their fathers gathered to relive many of the great memories provided by the program's highly regarded teams over the past several decades. The night was also the first chance that members of last year's Essex County Championship team had to reconnect with their former teammates, all of whom have been away at their first year of college. The guests were greeted by Head Coach Mike Sheppard and SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, and enjoyed a pre-Thanksgiving buffet dinner served up by McLoone's. • The annual event began in 2007, with early stops at Cryan's Beef and Ale House in South Orange and Mayfair Farms in West Orange as the gathering grew in size over the years.

Those in attendance were: Jeff Goldberg ’77, Mike Sheppard Jr. ’77, Frank Gately ’86, Kevin Gately ’17, Stephen Kress ’03, John Bravette ’95, Dave Kahney ’90, Ryan Clark ’03, Robert Clark ’03, Danny Fornaro ’99, RJ Fornaro ’94, Rocco Fornaro ’73, Chris Bagley ’88, Doug DelleDonne ’89, Nick DeNicola ’16, Chris Festa ’16, Pete Festa, Patrick Gardner ’13, Chip Gardner, Mike Kahney ’96, Joe Giovinco ’16, Chris Giovinco, Frank Maldonado ’13, Frank Maldonado, Justin Miller ’16, Tom Miller , Sean O’Hare ’09, Patrick O’Hare ’16, Christian Orsini ’14, Jim Orsini ’81, John Savino ’16, Joe Savino, Anthony Sciarrillo ’94, Robert Sheppard ’88, Ryan Toohers ’16, Larry Toohers, Brendan Weiss ’16, Dean Weiss ’86, Kevin Young ’17, CJ Diana ’13, Bill Diana, Rhett Zidziunas ’93, Spencer Toth ’08, Nick Bergamotto ’87, Luis Fernandez Jr. ’04, Luis Fernandez, Ed Fagan ’74, Nick Rizzo ’09, Joe D’Angiolillo ’10, Bill Reddick ’87, Francis Prior ’17, Frank Prior, John Raio, Eric Raio ’17, Mike Cocco ’82, Msgr. Michael E. Kelly ’57, and Rich Morris H’95


The Turkey Trot Makes Its Return

Fri. Nov 24

On a perfectly crisp and sunny Thanksgiving morning, more than 250 hearty souls gathered at the Kelly Athletic Complex for Mass and the renewal of the popular Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot. The 8:45 Mass was celebrated by SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, assisted by Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Msgr. Ed Bradley, Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zach Swantek, and Fr. Bill Melillo. • The event had been put on hold for several years while construction on the KAC dragged on towards its completion last spring. The huge crowd this year reinforced how much the event was missed. • A number of sponsors made possible the tent for the Mass, the commemorative t-shirts and the post-"race" refreshments: Castano Quigley LLC, Greg Castano ‘85, John ‘88 & Kristi Castano, Tim Castano ‘93, Michael H’89 & Rosemary Shannon, Michael Niehenke '91, Aman Family, Michael Sidlowski, Kate Sidlowski, Hendrix Family and Tara McAleer.


Thanksgiving Prayer Service Sends The Prep Off to the Holiday

Wed. Nov 22

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving The Prep Community gathered in a pair of assemblies for a prayer service that called to mind the many things each has to be thankful for, and the ways in which that gratitude might be demonstrated. Keynote Speaker Math teacher Lisa Sgaramella spoke about her family's view of the holiday, and offered several challenges for the students to consider the multitude of blessings most of them have enjoyed, and how and to whom they might express their thanks. Illustrating the way in which generations of families have shared a meal at this time of the year, accompanied by prayers and songs offered by Music Ministry, students brought nine varieties of bread to the table at the front— rye bread, pita, rice cakes, tortillas, saltines, cornbread, matzoh, sourdough and sugar cookies. Following a stirring closing hymn, the happy group of students prepared to head off to an extra-long weekend.


Wounded Warriors Project Club Events Benefit Veterans

Fri. Nov 17

Members of The Prep community helped celebrate Veteran’s Day through several functions on and around November 11th. Members of the Wounded Warriors Project Club sold clothing and merchandise, held a tag day, and eight WWPC members visited Hazel Avenue School of West Orange to read stories about Veterans of the Armed Services to elementary school students.

On Veterans Day the SHP Car Club held their annual “Cars and Coffee” event and donated all of the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project. That afternoon during the home football game Lieutenant Colonel Anne Mitzak, Aunt of current Sophomore football player, Drew Mitzak, was honored.

LTC Anne Mitzak hails from South Orange and has been a proud Pirates supporter since birth thanks to her father Andy Mitzak (a longtime member of the SHP faculty), her brothers: Anthony ’82, Andrew ’88, John '91, and her nephew, Drew ’20. Anne has served in the Army for 23 years, deploying three times- once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. She is currently stationed at FT Hood, Texas, home of the Mighty III Corps.

The group extends its gratitude to The Prep community for their support in raising over $3,400 last week. The Wounded Warrior Project Club at Seton Hall Prep also supports local Veteran's Programs including Packpacks for Life and the Travis Manion Foundation.

Prep Students Recognized by College Board for AP Exam Success

Thurs. Nov 16

Seton Hall Prep had a significant number of students recognized by the College Board for their performances on AP exams last spring. The Advanced Placement Program has grown considerably from its meagre beginnings to the present. The Prep's philosophy regarding these courses has gradually evolved in light of student's successes and growing interest. We have taken a much more open approach to challenging students.

In the 1999-2000 school year, 77 students sat for 147 exams in twelve areas. 71.4% of students had a score of three or better. As the school invested in increased training for faculty and introduced more courses, student interest grew concomitantly. "Each year since 2007 has seen the school serve more students by offering them AP classes," commented Assistant Headmaster, Kevin McNulty. "The goal has shifted from offering courses only to the best students to including students who may need to stretch themselves more to achieve success." The graph below illustrates student success by achieving scores of 3 or better on the AP exams. Last year, 88% of students at The Prep passed their exams, as compared to 72% of New Jersey students, and 60% of students worldwide.

In addition to exceeding state and national standards the program has grown in both depth and breadth. Last year 303 students sat for 696 exams in 21 different subject areas, due in large part to a diversified and increased selection in courses. Faculty attend Summer Institutes and follow up courses as needed or requested. In addition, some faculty also engage in professional development as graders of AP exams for the College Board. Even though some percentage of students do not pass the exams exposure to college level courses while a high school student better prepares them for the demands they will face in college and beyond.

  • 51 % of the senior class graduated having taken an AP test and scored 3 or better. 70 seniors, about one third of the class, were named as AP Scholars
  • 37 students were named AP Scholars, a designation granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. The average Prep student score was 3.24.
  • 13 students were named AP Scholars with Honor, a designation granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. The average Prep student score was 3.79.
  • 49 students were named AP Scholars with Distinction, a designation granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. The average Prep student score was 4.12.
  • 13 students were named National AP Scholars, a designation Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. The average Prep student score was 4.39.
  • 112 AP Scholars in total.

Click for a full list of scholars.

The Class of 2018 Gathers for the Class Picture

Wed. Nov 15

Reaching an early mile-marker in the group's journey towards graduation, the 232 members of the senior class gathered for their class portrait yesterday. Taking advantage of mild November temps and near perfect photographic conditions (what in the days of film coming out of a box was known as "cloudy bright") the well-dressed group's cooperation had everyone looking fine and on their way back to trimester exams in a matter of minutes. Well done!


Presenting Neil Simon's "Fools"

Sun. Nov 12

On November 9-11 Seton Hall Prep presented four performances of Neil Simon’s “Fools” in Bayley Seton Auditorium. Directed by Theater Arts Director Theresa Neglia, the production brought together the talents of Prep students and actresses from nearby schools, as well as several parents and Prep alumni. Principal players in The Prep’s production included Paolo Arante, Ben Ballway, Ryan Martynowicz, Nicholas Rauschenberger, John Bartolomeo, Jessica Cuntrera, Seamus O’Neill, Aleah Colon-Alfonso, Quinn Barnitt and Dave Schuldiner.

“Fools” is a comic fable set in the village of Kulyenchikov, Ukraine, during the late 19th century. The story follows follows Leon Steponovich Tolchinsky, a schoolteacher who takes a new job educating Sophia, the daughter of Doctor Zubritsky and his wife, Lenya. He soon learns that there is a curse on the village that makes everyone stupid, but complications ensue when Leon falls in love with his pupil.

The comedy by Neil Simon opened in April 1981 on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, directed by Mike Nichols. It has become something of a cult classic due in part to the fact that Simon allegedly wrote it to be a flop so that his soon-to-be-divorced wife would not would not receive the promised profits from his next play. Reviewers have since noted that, even when trying, Simon could not be unfunny.


Final Football Game Photos in Gallery

Sat. Nov. 11


Soccer Final Games Posted to Media Gallery

Fri. Nov. 10


Fathers Club Communion Breakfast and Reynolds Award Presentation

Mon. Nov 6

On Sunday, November 5, The Fathers Club and Seton Hall Prep celebrated the organization’s Annual Family Communion Breakfast at Mayfair Farms in West Orange with a gathering of more than 200. Mass was followed by the presentation of the Fathers Club’s most cherished award, the Thomas A. Reynolds Memorial Award, presented in the name of the Thomas A. Reynolds ’48, one of the early presidents of the organization, whose leadership propelled the club into the arena of major financial support of The Prep and whose untimely death In 1979 has led to the club’s support, through the Thomas A. Reynolds Scholarship Fund, of students who suffer the loss of a parent or guardian during their Prep careers.

The award is presented annually by the Fathers Club to individuals whose lives and careers have impacted The Prep and its students, after the model of Tom Reynolds— they “exemplifiy the Christian tradition in every facet of their relationships with their fellows; have consistently shown themselves to be devoted to the welfare of the student body at The Prep, and have consistently remained active members of The Prep community beyond the usual degree of involvement.” This year’s honorees were both former recipients of the school’s Archbishop Thomas A. Boland Most Representative Setonian Award at graduation- Director of Student Counseling Chris Barnitt ’88 and Chairman of the Board of Trustees John B. Murray Esq ’59.
Download the program for write-ups on the honorees and the names of previous Reynolds Award recipients.


38th Annual Fashion Show Another Mothers Auxiliary Success

Mon. Nov 6

On Thursday Nov. 2 The Prep’s Mothers Auxiliary hosted the organization’s 38th Annual Fashion Show, “Around the World at The Prep.” Event Co-Chairs Stacy Baker and Coletter Lamothe, along with President Donna Pinto, welcomed more than 650 guests to Mayfair Farms for the evening’s dinner and runway show, featuring fashions provided by Macy’s and Anthony’s Tuxedos of West Orange. A spectacular array of prizes festooned lower level room— 140 gift baskets and 10 Deluxe Basekets, the latter featuring a $1300 Louis Vuitton Bag, a $1100 MacBook laptop, a $1000 Amex giftcard, an $1800 Effy Blue Topaz and diamond Braided Bracelet and a $1600 Tara O’Leary painting. The Gift Basket Committee was Chaired by Allison Murphy and the Runway Show, featuring Prep seniors as models, was Co-Chaired by Kelly Angelo and Michele Brennan. Other highlights included a drawing for tickets to “Hamilton,” a 50/50 Raffle returning more than $1600 and the Grand Raffle of a $10,000 American Express gift card. Although final results are not yet available, the proceeds from the Fashion Show have annually reached $100,000, presented at Christmas to President Msgr, Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Harahan in support of learning at The Prep.


Football Photo Album Posted

Sun. Nov. 5


Fall Open House Welcomes Hundreds

Mon. Oct 30

On Sunday October 29 The Prep hosted more than 450 families at the school's Fall Open House. The guests, mostly eight graders and their parents, heard welcomes from Director of Admission Michael Zinsmeister, President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan. Later they headed to the second floor, where they were able to visit presentations by the various academic departments and co-curricular activities. Many took advantage of the tours of the building led by Prep Ambassadors and finished off their visit with a chance to meet coaches and players of the varsity sports programs in the gym, and enjoy refreshments provided by the Mothers Auxiliary. Many families took the opportunity to sign up for one of The Prep's four Entrance/Scholarship/Placement exams, taking place in November and December.


State Tournament Soccer Album Posted

Fri. Nov. 2


Cardinal Tobin Celebrates All Saints Day Mass

Wed. Nov. 1

On Wednesday Nov. 1 Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, visited Seton Hall Prep to celebrate the feast of All Saints. He was joined at the altar by concelebrants SHP President Mwgr. Michael E. Kelly ’57, Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan H’17, Rev. William Melillo, and Prep Chaplains Rev. James White and Rev. Zach Swantek. Also assisting as Master of Ceremonies was Rev. Jason Makarow ’99.In this unique celebration the liturgy brought together all 960 students in the Bayley Seton Auditorium. Midway through the liturgy Cardinal Tobin blessed a new Ciborium, gifted by friends of The Prep Bill and Pat Byrne in memory of Ed and Mike O’Hara, to be used going forward for the distribution of the Holy Eucharist and as a receptacle for the consecrated hosts in the tabernacle. Just prior to the concluding rites of the Mass.

As the Mass reached a conclusion, Msgr. Kelly presented the Cardinal with some mementos of his visit, including The Prep’s 150th Anniversary book and some Prep apparel. In his following remarks, Cardinal Tobin, in describing some of the perks of his position, noted that he is in charge of academic days off for the Archdiocese. He brought the assembly to its feet when he added, “How about you all take off the day after Super Sunday!” Followinig Mass, the Archbishop joined Msgrs. Kelly and Harahan for a luncheon get-together in the Media Center with 30 Prep stduents.


Dealing with the Mentally and Physically Challenged

Mon. October 30

Last Thursday the Junior Class gathered for a presentation by Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon concerning persons with physical and mental delays and disabilities. Mr. McMahon covered many of the challenges faced by the visually or hearing impaired and how students can best take part in interactions with them. He also spoke about ways to ease situations with persons with cognitive, social, language or motor skill delays and disabilities. A pair of demonstrations provided students with opportunities to experience the challenges faced by the blind and persons with impaired motor skills.


Football vs Montclair Photos in Gallery

Sat. October 28


Pirates Grab Essex County Soccer Crown in OT, 2-1

Sat. October 28

Seton Hall Prep Soccer won the Essex County Tournament in thrilling fashion as Jon Ned finished an Adam Silva cross in overtime to give the Pirates 2-1 victory. The Prep jumped out to a first half lead when Joe Cubero volleyed home a second ball opportunity just inside the 18-yard-box. Millburn equalized with under a minute to play, however SHP regained control and scored the pivotal sudden victory winner in the second overtime period.


Essex County Cross-Country Photos Album in Gallery

Sat. October 28


33rd Hall of Fame Adds Luster to The Prep's athletic History

Tue. October 25

Last week on October 18, Seton Hall Prep honored a new group of inductees to the school's Hall of Fame at the 33rd annual dinner at Mayfair Farms in West Orange with a gathering of 300 in attendance. Joining the previous groups of outstanding athletes, coaches, and teams were: Robert Barsky ’82 (baseball, football), Kevin Bryan ’02 (wrestling), Kyle Frankoski ’02 (soccer), Salvatore Fusari ’06 (soccer), Viken Manoukian ’91 (tennis, football), Robert Mautone (wrestling), Robert C. Miller ’97 (hockey, tennis), Rick Porcello ’07 (baseball), Dr. Emmanuel Scrofani ’57 (football), the1938-39 Basketball Team, the 1957-58 Swim Team and the 1977-1978 Football Teams.

In his welcome, SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly remarked, “This evening we recognize a group of men whose accomplishments and unselfish contributions represent the proud tradition of excellence that we constantly strive to uphold. Tonight we honor three teams along with nine individuals who are part of our proud and distinguished legacy and that are so deserving of this most prestigious award.” view the event program, including writeups on the honorees...


Soccer Tournament Win in Gallery

Sat. October 21


Baseball Team Hosts Clinic for Special Friends

Sun, October 22

Yesterday The Pirates Baseball Program hosted a clinic on Verducci Field for developmentally and physically delayed adults from Camp New Day and ARC of Essex County. This marks the fourth year that the team has hosted this event. Although the two-hour event organized by Prep players and SHP Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon covered the basics of throwing, catching and batting, the most important outcome was the chance for the players to create some new friendships and share their abilities with the other members of the community. In the winter the baseball team hosts a games carnival in Tracey Gym for more than 150 special needs guests from more than a dozen homes and facilities in the surrounding counties.


Friday Night Football Album in Media Gallery

Fri, October 20


Kairos 86.33 Returns Refreshed

Fri, October 20

On Friday October 20, members of The Prep's 33rd Kairos Retreat returned to school following four days away from the daily grind. Accompanied by a number of Prep faculty and staff, the group's "time away, the Lord's time," was spent in Long Valley at the Liebenzell Retreat Center. The retreat centers around time for presentations and follow-up small group discussions, as well as time for personal reflection and evening Mass.

The number of students opting to participate in the Kairos experience is now nearly 150 each year in one of the four retreat opportunities arranged by the Campus Ministry Ministry Office, directed by Sharon Rondinella and Retreat Director Billy Ward. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan haw remarked on more than one occasion that the Kairos experience “can be life changing for our students and for all in attendance as well. The Prep regards the Kairos retreat as integral to our mission.” And Mr. Ward has noted, “Word of the experience has been passed down by upperclassmen and parents and has created an expectation that when students attend Kairos, they are going to have a memorable experience. They arrive eager and open to finally get to be a part of what some students say is imperative to their ‘Prep Journey’ of becoming a man.”

Kairos 86.33 was led by student leaders, former retreatants themselves— Alex Brezik, Jack Huppert, Kyle Miskovich, Peter Pinto, Patrick Polizzi and Dan Wikstrom. They were assisted by faculty members Vinnie McMahon (Director of Service Learning Program), Sharon Rondinella (Director of Campus Ministry), Billy Ward (Director of Retreats), and Prep Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zach Swantek


Kelly Athletic Complex Fieldhouse Dedicated in the Name of John B. Murray '59

Tuesday, October 17

Last Saturday, October 14, hundreds of Seton Hall Prep community members gathered to dedicate the final piece at the Kelly Athletic Complex in the name and honor of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, John B. Murray ’59. It was last June that the Board of Trustees voted, over Mr. Murray’s objections, to dedicate the building in his honor, and since then alumni from all over the country have sent words of congratulations and gratitude, confirming how appropriate it is that the fieldhouse bear his name. The fieldhouse bearing his name is the site of team locker rooms, athletic trainer’s facilities and officials' rooms.

The ceremony culminated a 23-year effort to develop The Prep’s land at the top of First Mountain in West Orange. All those years ago, trustees The Hon. Thomas Farley ’44, whose home was adjacent to the property, and Robert Nolan ’43 invited then Headmaster Fr. Michael Kelly to take a walk around the the undeveloped and derelict property that was the former home of The Carteret School. With their foresight, resolve and enthusiasm, in addition to the extraordinary generosity of former Board of Trustees Chairman Frank Walsh '59, The Prep was able to purchase the 44 acres and lay out a vision for what has come to pass over the past several years, what is now viewed as The Jewel on First Mountain.

The conclusion of the complex calls to mind the century-old aspirations of the Brown and McLellan families, original owners of the property in the mid-1800s. A 1939 letter from William Brown, referring to the fact that The Carteret School would be built at the time on the site, foreshadowed the ultimate use of the land in the early 21st century: “It is a great satisfaction to me and to my brothers and sisters to know that the site of our old home on Orange Mountain is to be used for a purpose of which my father and mother would so highly have approved and in which they would have taken so great an interest.” Now-President Msgr. Kelly recalled, “The Brown and McLellan families would be equally proud to know that The Prep, its young men and the community in West Orange will have the opportunity to enjoy so many scholastic activities on their beautiful land.”

Saturday was the culmination of years of hard work, persistence, philanthropy and blessings. And although scores of people have been key players in the ultimate resolution of the story of the Kelly Athletic Complex, none has been more central to that end than John B. Murray ’59. When over the past two decades times arose when doubts or frustrations surfaced surrounding the project’s success, Mr. Murray kept things in focus with his confident tone: “We will get there… This is a marathon, not a sprint!”

Msgr. Kelly noted for the gathering the impossibility of adequately describing all that Mr. Murray has accomplished for The Prep, not only at the KAC, but on the previous campus in South Orange and here in West Orange as, “an unyielding voice, a calming presence, and an immeasurable asset to our faculty and our young men for over 30 years.” Speaking of his former teammate, Msgr. Kelly added, “It is John's abiding passion for our school and his steadfast determination to do good for The Prep, that has endured through all the challenges and hurdles along the way.”


Griffin Bridges Joins in TD Ameritrade's Diversity and Inclusion Day

Tuesday, October 17

On Tuesday October 17th 14 Griffin Bridges Scholars spent the afternoon at TD Ameritrade (Jersey City) at the Annual Diversity and Inclusion Day. Following upon this year’s theme of “Unity,” the Prep students engaged in an informal conversation with three TD Ameritrade professionals as panelists. They shared insights about topics geared to overcoming obstacles from the ethnic, cultural and experiential differences they will face in college and beyond. As Griffin Bridges Scholars drove the conversation with observations about both their current obstacles and perspectives on their futures, the TD Ameritrade professionals steered the conversations with their professional experience and personal words of advice. Their insights guided the students to seek to thrive in the face of both their present and future obstacles.

The Griffin Bridges Program and TD Ameritrade continue their seven-year partnership by providing student-centered workshop and program sponsorships. This past summer five GB Scholars participated in the 2nd Annual Apprenticeship Program, where they shadowed employees in various departments to generate solutions for the corporation’s most relevant case studies. The students have been able to meet and converse with some of the company’s highest executives, including President and CEO Tim Hockey.

Program Director Horton Sears ’09 continues to work with TD Ameritrade to create a speaker series geared to mentor GB Scholars to take full advantage of the experiences they will face in the next chapters of their lives; college, internships, and careers.


Parents connect at Fall coffee reception

Tuesday, October 17

The Fall Parent Coffee was a big success with more than 80 parents in attendance at Essex County Country Club last Friday. Parents enjoyed meeting new families at The Prep while having the opportunity to learn more about the Annual Parent Fund from Msgr. Kelly, Msgr. Harahan and Matt Cannizzo ’90, Director of Institutional Advancement. Photos from the day can be seen by clicking on the image above. Learn more about the Annual Parent Fund.


Football Win Posted to Gallery

Sat, Oct. 14, 2017


Yes, We're Ready for Some Dodgeball!

Fri, Oct. 13, 2017

Last Friday night close to 200 Prep students joined up in an effort to raise funds for charity as they participated in the Annual Dodgeball Fundraising Tournament. The 24 6-man teams, decked out in colorful, sometimes intimidating uniforms, took to the Tracey Gymnasium floor in a round-robin tournament, under the rules (yes, there are dodgeball rules!) of the National Amateur Dodgeball Association. The evening raised over $1000 for Hurricane Relief. • After settling for third place last year, the 2015 champions, the Justice League, made their way back to the top of the podium. The winning team consisted of seniors David Festa, Giordan Cerbo, Angelo Crincoli, Steven Sgaramella, Ryan Herbert, Joe Manno, and Ryan Sheppard. Overall, it was an exciting night filled with friendly competition to raise money for a great cause.


The Class of 2018 Spends a Day in Service

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

While the underclassmen were bearing down on their standardized testing on Wednesday, the 230 members of the senior class spent part of their day working at a variety of service opportunities. • Forty miles west on Route 78 out in Pittstown, several dozen seniors teamed up at a Grow-A-Row farm to harvest 5000 pounds of potatoes, eventually to be shared with food pantries in food insecure areas. Meanwhile another group, in conjunction with Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization, packaged 10,000 meals for distribution in foreign countries. Still another group put together and distributed 175 PP&J sandwiches, water and snacks in Newark and NYC. Still more seniors entertained the residents at the Canterbury Nursing Home, while their classmates helped sort food at Hillside's Community FoodBank. Finally, putting in their service close to home, a dozen seniors helped sort supplies for the athletic department.


Soccer Win Posted to Gallery

Wed. Oct. 11, 2017


Football Victory Photos in Gallery

Sat. Oct. 7, 2017


Soccer Battle Royal Posted in Media Gallery

Fri. Oct. 6, 2017


SHP ASSISTANT HEADMASTER KEVIN MCNULTY NAMED MIDDLE STATES ASSOCIATION COMMISSIONER

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

Assistant Headmaster, Mr. Kevin McNultySeton Hall Prep Assistant Headmaster Kevin McNulty has been named a Middle States Association Commissioner. The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools comprise 37 leaders in education and business who represent the membership of the association, which promotes the role of accreditation in improving school quality across America.

Mr. McNulty joined the Prep in 2000, initially teaching Theology, and later Web Design, World and AP US History. In addition to his administrative duties now, he currently teaches junior Theology and Honors Philosophy. He has authored several Religious Education textbooks for the Center for Learning and been contributing author for several AP US History texts. Mr. McNulty’s work with the Middle States Association dates to 1991 and he has been part of more than 20 school visitation teams, taking on his first team chairmanship in 1999. His visits have included chairmanships at All Hallows HS and Aquinas HS in the Bronx and St. Marks HS in Wilmington, Delaware. His most recent visit was to Bishop Eustace Prep, in Pennsauken, NJ, two years ago. He has been The Prep’s Internal Coordinator for Middle States Planning for the last decade, and along with Dr. Jim Incardona, is currently The Prep’s Co-Coordinator for the Planning Team for the school’s next Middle States evaluation.

Joining him as newly named commissioners are Nilsa Gonzalez, Chief Academic Officer for Camelot Education in Philadelphia; Frank Preston, President of Advantage Career Institute Medical and Dental School, Eatontown, NJ; and Carol Ribeiro, President and CEO of The Virtual High School, Maynard, Mass.

The Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools accredits preK-12 public, private, parochial, charter, non-degree granting career and technical post-secondary institutions, special purpose schools, supplementary education centers, learning services providers, and distance education institutions. Regions covered by MSA-CESS include Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia, as well as 85 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Subcontinent of Asia. In recent years, through its cooperative partners, CESS has expanded its scope to include schools and institutions seeking accreditation throughout the United States and around the world.


Pair of Soccer Wins Posted to Media Gallery

Mon. Oct. 2, 2017


Football Album Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. Sep. 30, 2017


Cross-Country Win Posted to Media Gallery

Wed. Sep. 27, 2017


Freshman Activities Fair Opens New Vistas

Wed. Sep. 27, 2017

Yesterday during Activities Period, Seton Hall Prep introduced the freshman class to the wide variety of activities, clubs and organizations featured at The Prep, with an invitation for the students to sign up and get involved. The gymnasium was energized with several hundred freshmen, advisers and organization leaders sharing information about the offerings and interests of the more than six dozen activities on display. Director of Activities Peter Durning was enthusiastic about the students’ ability “to explore the extracurricular paths available to them here at The Prep and get many of their questions about clubs and activities answered.”

Among the groups on display were: Cultural Clubs – Spanish Club, Chinese Club, Italian Club, Gaelic Society, West Indian Organization, Japanese Club · Competitive Academic Teams – Mock Trial Team, Model UN Team, Forensics/Debate Team, Quiz Bowl Team, Robotics Team, Math Team · Publications – The Spectrum literary magazine, The Pirate newspaper, The Tower yearbook · Performing Arts Organizations – “C”-Tonians A Cappella Group, Fall Drama, Spring Musical, Jazz Ensemble, Brass/ Wind Ensemble, Music Ministry · School Organizations – Pirate Nation, The Ambassadors, Student Council · Clubs and Activities –, Chess Club, Cinema Club, Martial Arts Club, Conservative Society, Democratic Society, Stock Market Club, Engineering Club, Future Lawyers Club, Future Business Leaders Club, Future Medical Leaders Club, Museums Club, SHP Eagles Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, Environmental Club, Astronomy Club, Ping Pong Club, Car Club, Guitar Club, Ukulele Club, Visual Arts Club, Video Game Club, SHPN- Seton Hall Prep Sports Network, Fishing Club, Photography Club, Military History and Support Club, Motorcross Club, Coding Club · Service Organizations – Animal Rescue, Special Olympics, Operation Smile, Wounded Warrior Project/ The Travis Manion Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Service Club, Grow a Row, Camp New Day, Autism Big Brothers, St. John’s Soup Kitchen Sandwich Making, Pirates Against Cancer/Relay for Life, Knights of Setonia, Liturgical Ministry, My Brother’s Closet, Hands of North Arlington.


Football Album Into Gallery

Sat. Sep. 23, 2017


Big Soccer Overtime Win Posted to Gallery

Fri. Sep. 22, 2017


Soccer Win Into Media Gallery

Wed. Sep. 20, 2017


Soccer Shutout Posted to Gallery

Mon. Sep. 18, 2017


Football Game Photos Posted In Media Gallery

Fri. Sep. 15, 2017


Annual Golf Outing a September Success

Mon. Sep. 11, 2017

The Prep’s Annual Golf outing was a great lesson in turning lemons into lemonade. A storm on the original date of June 19 scuttled the plans for that day, resulting in a postponement to September 11, perhaps the prettiest day in a two-week string of beautiful weather. The intervening weeks also helped expand the number of participants from 185 to 219, all of whom enjoyed the beautiful 36 holes and clubhouse amenities at the Montclair Golf Club and the program provided by The Prep’s Office of Institutional Advancement.

The dozens of supporters and sponsors of the outing also made the event a tremendous financial success. The list included: Tournament Sponsor- Daniels Group, Inc. John Passantino • Apparel-Gift Sponsor- The Colangelo Family, Robert and Rose, Complete Business Connections • Golf Cart Sponsor- Jim Burke ‘69, Capital Partners • Bag Tag Sponsors- PSEG, Eileen Leahey, Public Affairs Manager • Cocktail Hour Sponsor- Acorn Financial Services, Joe Oakes, IV ’90, Bill Oakes ’94, Joe Oakes III • Lunch Sponsor- The Cannon Family Foundation, Inc., Tom Cannon, Flagship Investments • Dinner Sponsor- Frank ’59 and Mimi Walsh • Beverage Cart Sponsor- James Formisano & Ted McDonagh ’90 • Closest to the Pin- Frank ’59 & Mimi Walsh/Mike Quinn ‘90 and Steve Campbell ’90 • Driving Range- Belair Transport and Frankoski Construction • Straightest Drive- Averill Fundraising Solutions & Dr. Vincent McInnerney at NJ Orthopaedic Institute


Soccer Photos Into Gallery

Thurs. Sep. 14, 2017


Frosh Field Day- Helping to Build the Team

Tues. Sep. 12, 2017

The Class of 2021 kicked of the day on Tuesday with a group portrait on Verducci Field, with the hope that it will be reprised in four years at their graduation. The 264 members of the freshman class and their Peer Mentors then headed off for a day of games and team-building at the Kelly Athletic Complex. The day of activities included volleyball, football, Frisbee and relays highlighting the morning, and the eagerly awaited tug-of-war bringing the afternoon’s gymnasium gathering to a frenzied pitch, before everyone headed to further after school activities.


Dedicating the Tony Esposito Jr. Pirates Cove

Sat. Sep. 9, 2017

Last Saturday prior to the football game against Don Bosco, Seton Hall Prep honored the memory of the late Tony Esposito Jr. ’07 with the dedication of the new Pirates Cove concession stand at the Kelly Athletic Complex. Seton Hall President Msgr. Michael Kelly recalled for the gathering “the truly memorable presence” that Tony Jr. brought to the school, one that could “light up a room… with a smile for his peers and his teachers alike.” He was a member of the football team, a musician in the band and a member of the Italian Club, Ski Club and Fishing Club. He died at age 20 while in his junior year at University of Delaware in November 2009. Tony’s parents, Anna and Tony Sr. have long been supporters of all Prep activities. Tony Sr. has been for more than a decade a mainstay of the Fathers Club, and a driving force behind the organization’s sports concession stand, The Pirates Cove. Consequently it is fitting that the new Pirates Cove at the KAC bear the name of Tony Jr. As the ceremony concluded the plaque commemorating the dedication was unveiled, reading “Dedicated in Loving Memory of Tony Esposito Jr. ’07. Forever in our hearts… forever a Pirates”.


Opening Football Game Album Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. Sep. 9, 2017


Mass of the Holy Spirit Sends Students Off to the Year's Work

Wed. Sep. 6, 2017

Last Wednesday Seton Hall Prep set off on the 2017-18 school year with the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Seniors and juniors gathered in the Bayley Seton Auditorium in the morning to celebrate Mass and to witness the commissioning of 22 of their classmates as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. Joining principal celebrant Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan at the altar were President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Rev. William Melillo, and Chaplains James White and Zach Swantek, along with Deacon Dick O'Hara. Later in the day the freshmen and sophomores celebrated the Mass with Fr. White the celebrant. Both Msgr. Harahan and Fr. White brought similar messages to the students— that with the help of the Holy Spirit they should open themselves up to and recognize all the opportunities this year will provide each of them to reach their potential.

The newly commissioned Eucharistic Ministers are Daniel Wikstrome, Joseph Gigantino, Thomas Meade, Charles Horsey, Matthew DiCaro, Andrew Gorelick, John Farrell, Zachary Trautz, John Huppert, Dominick Barone, Joseph Savastano, Joseph Cubero, Dominic Palumbo, Jake Wozniak, Vincent Zanna, John O’Hern, John Simone, Christopher Colangelo, Maguire Pecci and Benjamine Ballway.


Frosh Get Energized at Orientation

Sat. Sep. 1, 2017

Last Wednesday the 264 members of the incoming Class of 2021 spent most of the day at The Prep's Freshman Orientation Program. With the newest members of the community coming from more than 80 towns throughout northern New Jersey, from middle schools large and small, the day's mission was to lessen the nerves, meet the key personnel that will lead them on their journey through their first year, and give them a chance to begin the friendships that they will enjoy in the upcoming months.

The freshmen were welcomed by Admission Director Michael Zinsmeister, whom the students had already known as they had gone through the months-long process of choosing Seton Hall Prep. President Msgr. Michael Kelly followed with a hope that their "years here will be as happy and productive as mine were when I was a student at The Prep. We hope to see you grow academically, socially, physically and, most importantly, spiritually." Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan proposed the challenge for the freshmen to offer their "heart, strength, commitment and faith" to the journey that awaits them.

The gathering took a turn to "nuts and bolts" issues with remarks from Assistant Headmaster Mr. Michael Gallo, Dean of Men Mark Smith and Student Body President Kevin Bishop '18. Finally Mrs. Theresa Neglia introduced the new students to the Peer Leadership Program, and to the 28 seniors who will meet with them daily throughout the course of the year. Fourteen freshman groups then headed off accompanied by their 2-man Peer Leader teams to rooms throughout the building to begin the process of building a new student community and integrating into the fabric of the school. At day's end, with their parents concluding their own orientation program in the auditorium, the freshmen showed off the good start they had made, with their first rendition of the Alma Mater.


SHP Welcomes the Class of 2021

Sat. Aug. 26, 2017

Seton Hall Prep welcomed the Class of 2021 at the Annual Welcome Bar-B-Que, hosted by The Prep Fathers Club on Saturday August 26 at the Kelly Athletic Complex. The 800 guests got a chance to connect with other incoming families and speak with student Ambassadors and staff. This marked the first year that the event was staged on the recently completed athletic complex, and many freshmen and their families took the opportunity to tour the 40 acres, which now feature the Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field (football, soccer, lacrosse), the Finney Family Tennis Courts, Porcello Field (varsity baseball), G. Kelly Martin ’77 Field (JV baseball), the Tony Esposito Jr. ‘07 Pirates Cove (concessions) and the John B. Murray ’59 Clubhouse (team and officials rooms). Director of Admission Michael Zinsmeister welcomed the 265 freshmen and their families to the start of Orientation Week, and was followed by brief remarks from President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Fathers Club President Michael Nilan, Athletic Director Larry Baggitt and Student Body President Kevin Bishop ’18.


Peer Leaders Get Ready for the New Year

Fri. Aug. 11, 2017

The last week of July saw The Prep’s new squad of 28 Peer Leaders head out to Stevens, PA for the group’s Leadership Workshop and Retreat. Their 3-day stay at Refreshing Mountain Retreat Center provided the environment for them to build their team and work on the skills that would help the 14 pairs of seniors lead the incoming class of freshmen through their first year at school. They were accompanied in their efforts by Peer Leadership Directors Theresa Neglia, Dr. Jim Incardona and Peter Ford.

There were plenty of opportunities for the seniors to test their mettle, not only on several mini-adventures and problem-solving challenges, but also in the difficult task of, first, assessing their individual leadership styles and strengths, and then using those insights to form the 2-man teams that would head each frosh peer group. This last difficult task, as is the tradition, was completed, after groundrules were established, with the adults banished from the room. After several hours and sometimes heated discussion but with the mantra of “we can disagree without being disagreeable” in the forefront, the group emerged with a slate of teams that, unusally, need no further tweaking. Cheers greeted the news and a good night’s sleep ensued. The Peer Leaders will meet the freshmen on Orientation Day on August 30.


In Remembrance of BPT- The Annual Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival

Tues. Aug. 8, 2017

Last Saturday hundreds of lacrosse fans, players, family and friends gathered for the 4th Annual Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival, to celebrate the late Brendan Tevlin's life and spirit and the game he loved. Organized by Prep alumni Mike Condon, Rich Shahpazian, Dave King and Ken McNulty, the event calls to mind that the night before he was killed, Brendan had suggested a pick-up lax game among his group of friends. Begun shortly after his death, now the event honors his memory by bringing together a wide-ranging group of high school and college players and their friends to raise funds for the Brendan Tevlin Foundation and for an afternoon of fun. This year's number of playing participants was more than 150, the largest contingent ever. As his friends said, "It was a day in remembrance of such a special person, who made a positive impact on every person he encountered."

Opening ceremonies featured a parade of players led by the Essex Shillelagh Fifes and Drums onto the recently dedicated Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field at Seton Hall Prep's Kelly Athletic complex, followed by several lacrosse games, including a pair of "varsity" contests, a girls game as well as a game for the younger players. The day's activities continued into the evening with a BBQ at the adjacent Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Club.


With Profound Sadness Seton Hall Prep Announces Death of Fr. Stephen Kilcarr

Thurs. June 22, 2017

Fr. Kilcarr, who last spring celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood and was a beloved fixture at Seton Hall Prep for more than 55 years as a spiritual counsellor, athletic director, baseball coach and supporter of all Prep activities passed away on June 22, 2017. While teaching in the Theology Department during his long career and while taking on the role of spiritual advisor for many athletic teams, he was also head coach of baseball through the 70s and early 80s, bringing a North Jersey State title, three conference championships and a Greater Newark Tournament crown to The Prep. His care for all the students and his love of the game of baseball are the stuff of Prep lore, and have had an enormous effect on thousands of Prep students across the decades.


6th Annual Building Bridges 5K

Sat. June 10, 2017

The Sixth Annual Building Bridges 5K set out around the Orange Reservoir on June 10, taking advantage of perfect weather and hosting close to 100 runners and walkers in support of The Prep’s Griffin Bridges Program. The day brought together Griffin Bridges alumni, current Prep families, and running enthusiasts. In addition to the fellowship and good cheer celebrated at the event, dozens of supporters helped make the day a financial success, aiding the 23-year-old program in its role of providing educational, financial and social support to enable academically talented, financially limited young men from Newark, East Orange and Irvington to attend The Prep. Among the many sponsors were Title Sponsor McLoone’s Boathouse; Gold Sponsor TD Ameritrade; Silver Sponsors MCI Amelior Foundation, Goya Foods, Patti and Ray Chambers and the Leo Foundation; Bronze Sponsor Orsini Properties and Facility Sponsor J’s Lawn Care Service.


Rick Porcello and MLB Help Dedicate Porcello Field

Mon. June 5, 2017

After sweating through 10 days of forecasts that called for thunderstorms on Monday morning, instead of rain, the fog crept in at dawn blanketing the Kelly Athletic Complex early and keeping the precipitation at bay for the long anticipated dedication of Porcello Field. The event marked the culmination of the KAC project, in the works since 1999.

Msgr. Michael Kelly welcomed the crowd of 300, including a group of local, county and state dignitaries. Following an opening prayer by Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Prep father Kevin Kern offered a stirring rendition of the National Anthem. Prep Coach Mike Sheppard then described for the assembly what the 2007 alumnus has meant to the school and the baseball program as a role model for athletes, students and alumni. Typical of Rick, he noted, was his insistence that the home team dugout be dedicated to his freshman coach, former Prep Head Coach Rev. Stephen Kilcarr.

Senior Prep outfielder Nico Motessi followed Coach Sheppard, remarking on the added pride that the stadium and following in Porcello’s footsteps has brought to all the players and to the program. Commissioner Rob Manfred pointed to Rick’s gift as a model for current players to keep in mind, and to the service projects that The Prep baseball program has offered to the community.

Rick Porcello’s remarks centered on the lessons he learned at The Prep, both on the field and off, and how they have served him well along his road to the 2016 AL Cy Young Award. Closing the ceremony, in the company of his family Rick walked to the dugout to unveil the plaque honoring Fr. Kilcarr and then out the centerfield gate to lift the banner covering the plaque commemorating the dedication of Porcello Field.

From MLB.com, By Joe Trezza / June 5th, 2017  / WEST ORANGE, N.J. -- Rick Porcello blossomed from a can't-miss prospect into a Gatorade National Player of the Year into a first-round Draft pick in 2007 on a field known unofficially in North Jersey as Mini Fenway Park. Verducci Field, tucked between foliage and the science building at Seton Hall Preparatory School, sported a left-field fence nearly 33 feet high, but just 280 feet from home plate. The Red Sox's future American League Cy Young Award winner battled that monster long before the green one in Boston.

So, in comparison, Seton Hall Prep's new state-of-the-art baseball facility, dedicated and renamed Porcello Field during a ceremony Monday, could be considered spacious. It is 315 feet down the line and 385 to center, and it has unforgiving gaps. On Monday, there was a Major Leaguer giving a speech on the warning track. As far as high school fields go, the new complex, located just northwest of Prep's campus, is as good as it gets. And it's certainly a pitcher's park -- "a little cozy," joked Porcello.

"This is the only way I know how to give back," Porcello told a crowd gathered at the field, which officially opened last year. "I think about how fortunate I've been to be a part of the Seton Hall Prep family."

Much of that extended family was in attendance Monday to see the school officially dedicate the field to its namesake. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred joined a dais of school officials, community leaders, alumni, family and fans that gathered to welcome Porcello back to his alma mater.

"One thing that is often overlooked is how generous and community-minded our players really are," Manfred said. "This project is a great example of that."

Porcello starred as a shortstop and pitcher for Seton Hall Prep before the Tigers drafted him No. 27 overall in 2007. He spent six seasons in Detroit and is currently in his third in Boston, where he won the AL Cy Young Award in 2016. Donations from Porcello, who is signed to a four-year, $82.5 million contract, were integral in the construction of the complex, which is complete with an all-turf field and professionally-styled dugouts.

"While Rick was winning 22 games for the Red Sox and winning the Cy Young Award, at the very same time, work was going on this project," Manfred said. "This project will serve young people here at Seton Hall for generations."

Porcello first grabbed the attention of scouts as a sophomore at Prep, during an emergency relief appearance in a game in South Jersey. Out of all his pitchers, varsity baseball coach Michael Sheppard Jr. put his shortstop on the mound.

"He was throwing BBs," Sheppard remembered. "A Yankee scout just happened to be in attendance. He asked me after: 'Who the heck is that?'"

Porcello gained a reputation as one of the best two-way high school players in the country before switching to first base as a senior to protect his arm. He hit 11 home runs to go along with a 10-0 record on the mound.

Sheppard recalled the story of a playoff game a week before the Draft in which Porcello, a projected first-round pick, risked injury by diving into first base trying to beat out a grounder. Porcello had a lot to lose; he signed later that year for $11.1 million, making him the highest-paid high school player ever drafted.

"Rick, we thank you for the many contributions you made to our program as a player," Sheppard said. "And now as an alumnus, for this generous gift."


Commencement and Baccalaureate Bring the Year to a Close

Sun. June 4, 2017

Seton Hall Prep celebrated the school’s 157th commencement last Sunday at Walsh Auditorium on the campus of Seton Hall University. The Class of 2017, numbering 221 graduates, received diplomas from Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan H’17 and President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly ’57. The 1900 guests were addressed by Msgr. Thomas G. Fahey, Alumnus of the Year recipient Hon. Robert Brennan ’67 and Valedictorian Ray F. Lozano Jr. Co-Recipients of the Fahey award were Henry J. McCabe, MD and Stanley J. Gutkowski from the 50th Anniversary Class of 1967; they were introduced at the commencement exercises along with a dozen other members of the golden anniversary class.

The previous evening, in the majestic setting of Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, with more than 2500 family members and friends in attendance, the school celebrated a solemn Mass, followed by an awards ceremony, honoring several dozen students for their academic and co-curricular accomplishments during their careers.


Lax Season Comes to a Close Over 2 Days

Thur. June 1, 2017


Prom Album Sent to Media Gallery

Tue. May 30, 2017


Lax Tournament Album in Media Gallery

Sat. May 27, 2017


Pirates Crew Team Closes Out Program's First Season

Thurs. May 24, 2017

The inaugural Seton Hall Prep Crew Team recently completed its first season on the roster of The Prep athletics program. The group was led by senior captains Chris Coppola, Aidan Mihalik and Alex Zaino, the last remaining members of the club team that began the program last year. The team, with but a single year of competitive rowing under its belt, made great strides this season getting the program's name out in the rowing community by becoming a member of the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association (PSRA), which is the most competitive rowing league in the country and includes teams from all over Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Other members of the PSRA include the likes of local rivals including Saint Peter's, St. Benedict's, Don Bosco, Bergen Catholic, Belleville, Kearny, and Nutley. The Varsity team showed major improvement over the course of the season, finishing 9th overall in the state, 2nd in the Northern New Jersey Championships, and 14th overall in the PSRA.


SHP dedicates the Tevlin Field and Zimmermann scoreboard

Sat. May 20, 2017

Seton Hall Prep put the crowning touch on the Kelly Athletic complex last Saturday as the school dedicated the Brendan P. Tevlin ’13 Memorial Field and the Billy Zimmermann ’11 Scoreboard at a noon ceremony, attended by hundreds of friends and supporters of the Tevlin and Zimmermann families. A pair of ribbon cutting ceremonies marked the two dedications.

The West Orange Police Honor Guard, local and state officials, members of the Prep staff and members of the Tevlin and Zimmermann families as well as the three teams in The Prep’s lacrosse program gathered on the field for remarks from SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly and Allison Tevlin and from SHP Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and Bud Zimmermann ’75.

Following welcoming remarks, Msgr. Kelly introduced Msgr. Harahan and the Zimmerman Family for the dedication of the Billy Zimmermann ’11 Scoreboard. A 2011 graduate of The Prep and a member of the Varsity Soccer Team, Billy was a sophomore at Villanova University when he was tragically killed in a car accident while on spring break with his friends in March of 2013. The Zimmermann Family established a foundation in their son’s name, along with a scholarship fund at Seton Hall Prep to honor his memory. “Our son was so happy playing soccer on these fields. The dedication of this scoreboard means that our beloved son, Billy, will be honored at a place that he loved,” said Bud Zimmermann, a 1975 graduate of the school. As the family cut the ribbon, the scoreboard lit up with “Billy ‘11” in the home team’s spot.

The program then turned to the center of what has become known already as the BPT Field. The naming of the field honors the memory of Brendan Patrick Tevlin, a beloved Seton Hall Prep student who was killed in 2014. The Prep has been working with The Tevlin Family for nearly three years to permanently honor and celebrate the life of this remarkable young man. Msgr. Kelly noted, “This field will be a place where Brendan’s legacy will live on for generations as all those who gather here remember just how special a person he was.” Surrounded by brothers Sean ’19, Brian ’17 and Michael and Allison Tevlin, Brendan’s sister Michaela cut the ribbon to signal the official naming of the field.

After Brendan was tragically taken from the Tevlin Family in June of 2014 just after completing his freshman year at the University of Richmond, the family decided that the best way to honor their son was to raise the necessary funds to build a new field on the site of The Prep’s Kelly Athletic Complex. “We wanted to find a meaningful way to honor our son, said Allison Tevlin. “Thanks to the extreme generosity of so many people in various communities, we are able to celebrate the opening of this field today where Brendan’s life will be remembered and celebrated at the school he so loved.”

Beginning in August of 2014, the Tevlin Family, in partnership with SHP and with help from an active fundraising committee, began hosting a series of fundraising events. The events, which included a yearly lacrosse festival, concert and golf outing, raised funds which contributed to the Brendan P. Tevlin ’13 Memorial Field Fund at The Prep. As the program drew to a close, Msgr. Kelly noted how this field, long in development, is now recognized as a jewel in the West Orange Community, and a fitting tribute to the legacies of two beloved students and teammates.


Pirates Trim Millburn for record 5th straight GNT Crown

Sat. May 20, 2017

Prep senior Jack Mahala book-ended his brother Kevin’s GNT winning pitching performance five years ago, with a 5-hit 4-2 win over top seeded Millburn yesterday, bringing the Pirates the program’s fifth straight Greater Newark Tournament title. This marks the first time any team has won five straight crowns, and the 17th overall at the 85-year-old tournament.

The Pirates right-hander allowed only a pair of runs, on five hits and a lone base on balls. Sophomore Nick Maldonado moved over from shortstop to the mound to notch the save in the seventh, setting the Millers down in order.

At the plate, the Hall made the most of the team’s plate appearances, scoring all four of its runs with two outs. In the top of the third Mike Ukrainskyj doubled to the right center gap and Kevin Gately drove him home to get SHP on the scoreboard. An inning later Ukrainskyj doubled again, this time down the left field line, to drive in Francis Prior from second. With the score 2-1, Prior plated Jack Zyska with a base hit to make it 3-1. Gately made the final 4-2 driving in runner Angelo Crincoli with a single in the top of the sixth.

[read Bob Behre's Diamond Nation report on the game...]


SHP Dedicates the Finney Family Tennis Courts

Tue. May 16, 2017

On Tuesday May 16 at Seton Hall Prep’s Kelly Athletic Complex, the school celebrated the dedication of the Finney Family Tennis Courts. The five new courts, the first in the long history of the school, were officially named in honor of the family of Reed and Susan Finney, whose generosity made the project possible. The day marked the addition of an important component of the Kelly Athletic Complex, which in turn has been a major element of the school’s $25 million Generations Capital Campaign.

In welcoming remarks, Prep Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan expressed the thanks of Prep alumni, parents, staff and students to the Finneys “for their kindness and generosity that strengthens The Prep and helps us achieve our goals, particulary here at our new, magnificent athletic complex.”

Seton Hall Prep President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, in introducing the Finneys to the gathering, recalled that during the school’s history “we have moved from Convent Station to South Orange to West Orange. And because of your generosity, Reed & Susan, … beginning this season and for decades to come, our players and coaches in The Prep Tennis Program, will be able to enjoy home tennis matches. Today we celebrate and are filled with gratitude for your gift and for your belief in our good work and vision for the school.”

Reed Finney addressed the gathering, replying “We are so fortunate that we can help The Prep. This is a beautiful facility and we are very grateful that our boys and our family can be a part of it. We are very appreciative of everythinig that Msgr. Kelly and everyone else at The Prep has provided for our boys.” The Finney’s sons are Prep graduate John ’15, now a student at Providence Colege, and current Prep students Brendan ’17 and William ’20. The Finneys, Essex Fells residents, have two daughters, Annie and Jane.

As the event drew to a close, surrounded by Tennis Coach Chris Heintz, team member Brendan McCormick ’17, assistant Headmaster Michael Gallo, Athletic Director Larry Baggitt and the Finney children, Susan and Reed Finney marked the occasion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, followed by the unveiling of the permament plaque that commemorates the family’s gift.


Spring Concert Entertains Hundreds

Wed. May 17, 2017

The Spring Concert is annually viewed as a milepost on the journey towards the end of school. Last night’s presentations by the Band and the C-Tonians provided yet another showcase of The Prep’s musical talent for the hundreds of family members and friends in attendance. With Director Joseph A. Neglia at the podium, the Band and Jazz Band offered up a wide-ranging group of selections, featuring composers from Tchaikovsky, Damaso Perez Prado, Billie Joe and Eric Clapton to the Gershwins and Lennon and McCartney. Part Two of the concert featured the C-Tonians, under the direction of Mrs. Theresa Neglia. The singers presented a capella versions of “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Kiss the Girl,” Happy Together,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Spring Concert Program


Baseball County Tournament Album Posted

Mon. May 15, 2017

 

 


Baseball Photo Album Posted

Wed. May 10, 2017


Prep Junior's Project Makes it into Apple's App Store

Fri. May 5, 2017

The Prep’s Tommy Sarni has joined elite company— first, becoming an iOS App Developer with an app in the Apple App Store, and, perhaps uniquely, doing so as a junior in high school.

The iOS App Development elective is offered to juniors and seniors as a full-year course and to all students at Seton Hall Prep as a summer enrichment course. The course introduces students to the basics of the Swift programming language as well as the fundamentals of app. Tommy enrolled in the course back in September with no prior programming experience, having seen previous students showcase their final project apps at the end of the year. He had his initial idea back in October of 2016 when the iOS students created programs to showcase at Open House. "I had an idea for a GPA calculator, and had learned enough of the Swift programming language to build it."

Tommy approached the iOS App Development teacher Mr. Jonathan Lace in late December about the possibility of going further in his course studies. He started building and researching design elements and in subsequent months he built the app in small components. After many programming tweaks, he ensured that his completed app complied with Apple’s App Store and Human Interface Guidelines. After submitting his app to Apple in late April, it was published in the App Store on May 2nd. Tommy demo-ed the app to a lunchtime assembly last week; within minutes dozens of fellow students had it on their phones and were quickly calculating their GPAs.

“I’m so proud of Tommy,” said Mr. Lace. “He’s a model for what the course is designed to do; take a student with no programming experience and teach him how to develop apps for the iPhone. To put his achievement in perspective, consider how unique it is. The number of app developers worldwide is small compared to the number of iPhone users in the world. The percentage of developers who got their app published while they were in high school is even smaller. And the number of those students who did so as a junior is even smaller than that. Tommy is among an elite class of high school students, and I couldn’t be happier for him and for Seton Hall Prep. We’re committed here at The Prep to offering more technology classes in the coming years to better prepare our students for a world in which computer programming is a second language. Tommy's achievement is also one for our entire school community.”


Lacrosse Photos Added to Gallery

Mon. May 8, 2017


Celebrating the Year's Achievements

Fri. Apr. 28, 2017

On Friday April 28 The Prep student body and faculty gathered together to close out the school year with a celebration of the year’s achievements. With the auditorium packed and the freshmen in their homerooms watching a live stream of the assembly, several dozen students and eight staff members were honored with academic, activities and athletics awards or on the occasion of the announcement of their retirements. [photos of student award recipients will appear in the end-of-year Baccalaureate and Commencement website albums]

• Retiring: After a 48-year career as teacher, coach, guidance counselor and Guidance Department Chairman, Mr. Thomas P. Cregan ’65.
• Spanish Teacher for the last 18 years, honored by the College Board, Mrs. Martha Gibson
• Administrative Assistant in the Development Office and the Admission Office for 29 years, Mrs. Rosemary Shannon 

• Tower Dedication: SHP Athletic Trainer Mr. Robert DiGregorio and English Teacher and club adviser Mr. John Pascal
• Salvatore N. Caprio Award- “Presented to a teacher, a counselor, a moderator- generous in time and patience and concern” – Mr. William Siedler ‘85
• The Fusco Family Award- “Presented annually to a staff member who has made a commitment to technological innovation in the classroom or office”- Ms. Juliette Wester
• Msgr. Thomas J. Tuohy Award- “Presented to an individual for constant and outstanding contributions to athletics”- Mr. Kenneth J. Blaha ‘69
• Msgr. Michael E. Kelly ’57 Award- “Recognizing meritorious contributions to academic excellence and advancement”- Mrs. Lisa Sgaramella • Headmaster’s Award- Presented to a Senior who has been a Leader by Word and Example—Representative of the Values of the School- Luke F. Alexander, Matthew M. Clarkin, Steven P. Greenberg, Thomas J. Magnier, Daniel F. Marini, Nicolas J. Motessi, Justin M. Torlucci, Christopher M. Vanaria, Timothy C. Wise II, Kevin P. Young
• National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students- Andrew F. Deditch, Tomas D. Gato, Noah S. Gould, Andrew D. Handal, Julian Londono, Chasse A. Rush, Philip G. Sprague, Owen P. Talmadge, Conor F. Vedova
• National Merit Scholarship Program Semi-Finalist- Kevin A. O’Connor.
• National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist- Ray F. Lozano Jr.
• Inger Bagger Stovall & Robert H. Stovall ’43 Award­ Presented to the Most Academically Improved Senior- Robert J. Garrison • Vincent D. Purpura Scholarship Award- Presented to a Junior, who, in the Memory and Spirit of
• Vincent Purpura, former President of the Fathers Club, has modelled Selfless Commitment and Service to The Prep and his Community- Jonathan Jenkins • Anthony J. Verducci Award- Presented to a Most Courageous Senior- Sekou J. Rowe
• Daniel A. Galorenzo ’03 Memorial Award- Recognizing a Senior who has Demonstrated Exemplary Endurance, Perseverance, and Dedication to our Sports Program and who also has Demonstrated a Genuine Interest and Commitment to the Music Program- Sean G. Theoclitus
• Donald W. Yaw ’03 Memorial Award- Recognizing a Senior who has Displayed Outstanding Achievement in Academia, Athletics and the Arts and Exemplifies the Best Utilization of all the Opportunities Offered at Seton Hall Prep- Jonathan A. Santos
• Andrew L. Clark ’43 Medallion- Recognizing Exceptional Leadership Qualities- Richard W. Denton
• Chaplain Maj. Charles J. Watters ’45 Memorial Award- Recognizing Exceptional Commitment to Campus Ministry- Christopher J. Coppola, Samuel J. Kuprianov
• Recognition of Student Council- President– Steven P. Greenberg, Vice President– Ethan S. Carey, Secretary– Michael C. Weber, Treasurer– Brendan E. Finney
• Activities Awards- Ambassadors, Christopher J. Coppola; The Pirate, David L. Towell; Fall Drama, Erney G. Fertile; Music Ministry, Luke F. Alexander; Spring Musical, Conor F. Vedova; Band, James P. Ennis; Jazz Band, Jonathan A. Santos; Brass/Wind Ensemble, Robert J. Ramsthaler Jr.; C-Tonians, Erney G. Fertile; Robotics, Aaron F. Deditch; Mock Trial, Michael L. Minasian; Model UN, Peter Pinto
• Rev. William M. Giblin Award- Presented to the Outstanding Senior Participant in the Activities Program- Erney G. Fertile
• Coaches’ Award- Presented to a Senior Athlete, for Exemplary Representation of The Prep’s Ideals, on and off the Field- Football, Vincent A. Palma; Soccer, Michael T. Georgiou; Cross Country, Malik J. Kosanovich; Basketball, John P. Helsel; Bowling, Andrew D. Handal; Ice Hockey, Samuel J. Kuprianov; Rifle, Patrick J. Hannaford; Swimming, Benjamin H. Amoreno; Winter Track, John D. McCarthy; Wrestling, Tristen J. Calas; Baseball, Kevin F. Gately; Golf, Creighton K. Hendrix; Lacrosse, Alexander Giaquinto; Spring Track, James R. Caprio; Tennis, Sam D. Yildirimlar; Crew, Christopher J. Coppola
• Msgr. William J. Daly ’38 Award- Presented to the Outstanding Senior Athlete- Mason V. Toye, Aidan P. Monteverdi, Brian T. Tevlin
• Vincent A. McIntee Award- Presented to that Senior who has provided Consistent and Substantial Service to all Aspects of Life at Seton Hall Prep, without Consideration of Self or Neglect of his Studies- Christopher J. Coppolla
• Archbishop Thomas A. Boland Award- Most Representative Setonian- Presented to that Senior who, by his Accomplishments and in his Person, most Exemplifies the Ideals of this Institution; whose Values, Character, Maturity, Successes and Achievements Personify the Fulfillment of our Mission- Jinyang Zhao


Pirate Treasure Auction Another Huge Success

Sat. Apr. 29, 2017

Last Saturday night's Annual Fathers Club Pirate Treasure Auction was a huge success, with record attendance of well over 420 guests. The auction also saw record generosity from this year’s attendees and achieved the largest auction amount raised in over 10 years. Some of the event’s top prizes were: a Stone Harbor vacation home, golf outings, diamond earrings, bleacher seats from old Yankee Stadium, sports event tickets, sports memorabilia, Apple brand electronics, restaurant gift cards, autographed Grammy winner Michael Branch guitar, and high fashion handbags.

The auction committee, led by Co-Chairmen Mark Salerno, Kevin Petrovcik and Joe Pecci, garnered over 225 prizes to offer up in Live, Silent & Tricky Tray Auctions. The popular Pirate Cork Pull & Treasure Chest games were conducted by ex FC President Ed Maffey. The Pirate Cove refreshment area was steered by Fathers Club Veterans Committee members Past President Tom Young, Gary Steele, Bob Waldron, Dave Wightman and Pete Nolan. Back for a second year were the “Guys & Gals” raffle tables, which were a huge success driven by the Super-Pac ticket deal which gave participants a discount on tickets. Former FC President Tom Lynch served as the evening’s emcee, while Vinnie D’Antonio ’80 piloted the event’s logistics.

President Mike Nilan said, “this group of fathers did an outstanding job putting together this year’s event. We are very proud to be a part of the Prep Community and glad our event had such great support. We received help from everywhere in the Prep Community, with assistance from the bookstore, the Mothers Auxiliary, and parents of the various sports teams and clubs.” He continued, “We also had great help from the student ambassadors during the event, as well as from some football team members who helped to set up the gym on Friday after school. We continue to get support from Veteran’s Committee dads Bruce Desonne, John Santucci, Lou Puopolo and Tony Esposito, as well as some new fathers who joined the decorating committee; Joe Diamente, Vincent Nascone, Sergio Londono, Alex Pilavakis, Mark Zadroga, Phil Ciarco among many others."

This year’s recipient of the Art Williams Memorial Award was Gary Steele. The award is bestowed in memory of the late early 70s Fathers Club stalwart Art Williams, whose tireless “behind the scenes” efforts over many years has been the hallmark of the Fathers Club. Also, this year’s event was dedicated to longtime Fathers Club member Tom Coyne, who recently passed away.


Lacrosse Tournament Photos Posted to Gallery

Tue. May 2, 2017


Pirates Netmen Host Sunday Morning Tennis Clinic

Sun. Apr 28, 2017

Last Sunday the Pirates Tennis Team hosted a clinic for developmentally and physically delayed adults at The Prep’s Kelly Athletic Complex Finney Family Tennis Courts. The Prep’s guests came from Camp New Day and South Orange’s Jespy House. With Assistant Coach and Service Learning Director Vinnie McMahon at the helm, the Prep’s student organizers for the event were Student Council President Steven Greenberg and team members Sam Yildirimlar, Jake Tarnoff and Brendan McCormack.


ClassicS/Drama Class Closes Out with Euripides

Thur. Apr 25, 2017

The junior/senior elective Classics-Drama performed a scene from Euripides' Bacchae as their final project. Their performance is intended to reflect what the students have learned of Greek drama and its staging, and of Euripides and his work. Mr. William Siedler's class was divided into principal actors and chorus. The group chooses a director, this year Ryan Franklin, and a choral director, this year Creighton Hendrix. Grades depend on their effort and their level of cooperation with one another, as well as their approach to the final performance.

The scene depicts an exchange between the god Dionysus and Pentheus, King of the city Thebes. Dionysus has attracted a large following among the women of Thebes which has resulted in much revelry and civic disruption which Pentheus does not appreciate. He expresses skepticism with the idea of Dionysus's divinity. Subsequently he attends a Dionysian ritual and is torn apart by Dionysus's rapturous followers. His body is brought back by his mother who, in a state of spiritual disconnection, has unknowingly participated in the dismemberment, and shown to Cadmus, the founder of Thebes. Thus ended the group’s scene ended on the Northfield Ave. Millennium Walkway.


Tennis Photos Added to Gallery

Thurs. Apr 27, 2017


Prep Students Tour China at Easter

Thurs. Apr 27, 2017

In a first for the school, 13 Seton Hall Prep students and their chaperones spent Easter Break on a 10-day tour of China. With Mr. Michael Hegedus, Director of The Prep's International students Program, at the helm, the students flew from Newark on April 12 and 13 hours later arrived in Beijing to begin their trip around the world's most populous nation. Traveling by train (at over 200 mph) and plane the group visited four other cities– Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai– visiting cultural sites along the way and, for some, putting their Prep Mandarin studies into practice.

With Prep senior "Eric" Zhao among the travelers, the group visited his middle school in Shanghai for a morning of cultural exchange activities and meetings with the assistant headmaster and teachers, with the hopes of settting up future dialogue between the schools. Among the many cultural stops along the way, including the Great Wall, an ancient mosque, Buddhist temples and local town markets and eateries, the group attended Easter Mass at one of the few Catholic churches in the country. Attendance at the Mass was so great that only a few from the group were able to get inside, with the rest joining hundreds of locals on chairs set up on the plaza outside the church.

The group also met with seven families of former and current Prep International Students living in China. In Shanghai Eric's parents and Yingchao Zhang, Ph.D., Founder and Senior Educational Consultant of EliteIvy, an international student placement organization, hosted a dinner, where the group met with Prep families that have not yet had an opporunity to visit America.

Prep students making the trip were Liam Bertrand, Kevin Harcourt, Ross Johnson, Aidan Musser, Seamus O'Neill, Denis Rudder, Mark Sandomeno (who celebrated his birthday during the trip), Chase Shealey, Michael Sullivan, Peter Sullivan, David Towell, Justin Vega, Jinyang (Eric) Zhao, and were also accompanied by Bret Musser (father of Aidan, and provider of the photos for the accompanying album). The Prep is proud and thankful that the group filled the role of Prep and American ambassadors so well.


Baseball Album Added to Media Gallery

Mon. Apr 24, 2017

 


Lacrosse Victory Posted to Gallery

Sat. Apr 22, 2017


Track Meet Added to Media Gallery

Wed. Apr 19, 2017


Porcello Field Links the Scene of Annual Baseball diamond Golf Tournament

Tue. Apr 18, 2017

The middle of Easter Break provided 2017’s opportunity for the renewal of the Annual Baseball Diamond Golf Tournament on the beautifully manicured links of the Porcello Field Golf Club. The six-hole layout tested the mettle of the Pirates players, teeing off in conventional baseball fashion with flys and liners towards the pins placed around the ballpark. Once near the pin, for putting players often resorted to strokes more often found in a billiards parlor. Several hazards came into play, including the pitcher’s mound and the bullpen wall (which stymied more than one player, costing them several strokes). The winning team comprised Francis Prior, Brian Kelly and Frank Spano. The Pirates are currently 7-2 and have the second seed in the upcoming Greater Newark Tournament.


Lax Win Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. Apr 15, 2017


Baseball Win in Gallery

Sat. Apr 15, 2017


Stunning Lax Victory Posted to Media Gallery

Thur. Apr 13, 2017


Track Meet Photos in Media Gallery

Mon. Apr 10, 2017


Pair of Baseball Games Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. Apr 8, 2017


Guys and Dolls - Another Musical Success Story

Sat. Apr 8, 2017

SHP's spring musical production of Guys and Dolls opened Thursday April 6 for a 3-night run. With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser after a book by Joe Swerling and Abe Burrows, the show premiered on Broadway in 1950 and ran for 1200 performances, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. It has had several Broadway and London revivals, in addition to a 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine.

The Prep production has been in the works since shortly after New Years. As Prep musicals have for decades, it brings together scores of Prep students and their female collegues from neighboring high schools. Centered on the antics surrounding a floating crap game, the play brings together a cast of characters portrayed, among others, by Erney Fertile (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Brandon Ruiz (Benny Southstreet), Paolo Arante (Rusty Charlie), Lillian Shea (Sarah Brown), Luke Alexander (Arvide Abernathy), Clara McCourt (Agatha), Jonathan Santos (Harry The Horse), Cody Kohn(Lt. Brannigan), Conor Vedova (Nathan Detroit), CJ Zachara (Angie The Ox), Eden Mau (Miss Adelaide), Edwin Donnelly (Sky Masterson) [download the entire program].

Jumping with both feet into the 21st century world of technology-driven stagecraft, Director Joseph Neglia and Assistant Director Theresa Neglia introduced in this year's production cutting edge digital projection to produce scene backdrops. This new feature is a boon to SHP's continued integration of technology, putting The Prep in the forefront of theater technology. Randy Schweitzer and Richard Morris combined original art work, photography and graphics to produce much of the scenery. The result is an exciting, seamless transition from scene to scene. SHP's theater program is inspired by these first efforts and looks forward to utilizing projected scenic designs in future productions.


Pirates Blank Nutley in Spectacular Fashion

Fri. Apr 7, 2017

Pirates senior right-hander Kevin Young joined the select company of MLB Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello ‘07 yesterday as he set down 21 Nutley batters in a row to complete the second perfect game in Prep baseball history. His 4-0, 67-pitch masterpiece mirrored Porcello’s 2007 Essex County Tournament perfecto against Newark Academy.

Considering the bone-chilling cold and 30-mph winds on Porcello field at the Kelly Athletic Complex, it was a wonder that either team survived the afternoon at all. Yet The Prep wasted no time in plating the run that would serve as enough for Young, with a first-inning score off an infield single by Nick Maldonado, scoring Ryan Sheppard all the way from second. The Pirates added runs in the fourth and fifth. The Prep’s sometimes spectacular defense backed up Young’s effort on the mound. Maldonado made two consecutive highlight reel plays on infield choppers in the fourth, and left fielder Ryan Hebert added a circus catch on a wind blown pop-up in the final inning.

Young’s command yielded perfection on a mere 67 pitches, striking out six. He got seven Nutley batters on fly balls and eight on grounders. The Prep is currently 3-0 on the young season, and rankded No.3 in the state.


Tennis Match in Media Gallery

Wed. Apr 5, 2017

 


Baseball Opener in Media Gallery

Mon. Apr 3, 2017


Spring Blood Drive supports American Red Cross

Fri. Mar. 31, 2017

Friday March 31 saw the culmination of two weeks of service efforts put together by Seton Hall Prep students. The Spring Blood Drive netted 56 pints of blood for the benefit of the Amereican Red Cross of Northern New Jersey. Spearheading the student efforts were junior Brendan Flood and seniors Branden Troeller and Jim Caprio.


Lacrosse Photos in Media Gallery

Sat. Apr 1, 2017


Spring Sports season opens with the blessing of the brendan p. tevlin field and the billy zimmermann scoreboard

Wed. Mar. 29, 2017

Two decades of persistent hard work and dedication came to fruition on Wednesday afternoon at The Prep's Kelly Athletic Complex. Prior to the opening of the spring sports season with Pirates Lacrosse hosting Summit HS, SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly, accompanied by members of the Tevlin and McNulty families and surrounded by the two teams, blessed the just completed Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field. Assisted in the short ceremony by Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and Chaplains James White and Zach Swantek, Msgr. Kelly led the readings and prayers, and also blessed the Billy Zimmermann memorial scoreboard, which was raised just days before as the finishing touch on the long awaited project. The blessing of the field, to be used for lacrosse, soccer and football, crowns the 40-acre project, which has recently also seen the opening of the Finney Family Tennis Courts and last spring witnessed the first pitch on the Porcello Baseball Field and the JV baseball field.


Lacrosse Opener Posted to Media Gallery

Wed. Mar. 29, 2017


The Prep's Bot 5992 Heads Back Into Action

Sun. Mar. 12, 2017

The weekend of March 11 was a big one for the Prep’s Robotics Club and their Bot 5992. A week after their initial competition at Mount Olive HS, where the team finished 11th out of 37 schools, the team members spent three days at the sprawling Bridgewater-Raritan High School in competition against nearly 40 other schools from the metro area, including Delaware and Connecticut.

The drive team of Aidan Musser, Douglas DelTurco, Dhrumin Shah, Samuel Sayles and Sekou Rowe got off to a hot start on Saturday morning, with support from Team Adviser Minh Trinh, assistant Wayne Vargas and current parents Brett Musser and Paul DelTurco. Months of development and fabrication of the group’s prize possession paid off with a surprising first day sojourn for a while in first place. Opposition teams later claimed the top spot as high-level R&D and experience kicked in, and a second day series of “technical malfunctions,” sent 5992 to the second division. Nevertheless the experience of competing against dozens of well-established and well-heeled teams from schools across the state (whose pit areas could have been borrowed from NASCAR garages- see the photos) will pay off as the team goes forward in the next few years.

The event's sponsor, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science, math, engineering and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities those fields, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Seeking to ensure that America does not fall behind the rest of the world, FIRST has corralled sponsorships from such major enterprises as Rockwell, Underwriters Laboratories, GM, Johnson & Johnson, Chrysler, Picatinny Arsenal and the Department of Defense. Participation in the events does not come cheaply to the schools. Prep community members that might be able to provide entre to corporate sponsorship for the school’s program, are encouraged to contact Team Adviser Minh Trinh.


Math Team Shines in Catholic Math League

Seton Hall Prep's Math Team has spent the last four months competing on the state and national level in the Catholic Math League. In "Advanced Math" SHP placed second in NJ out of 12 schools, and third in the nation out of 49 schools. Qiaohao Chen finished third in the state out of 185 competitors, and fifth in the nation out of a field of 888 students. Jianhao Zhang placed sixth in NJ in the Advanced Math competition as well. In Geometry The Prep's team took second in NJ and 12th place in the country, as Yulin Xiong was crowned the individual champion of NJ for his efforts. 

Annual Buzz-Off Adds to Service Credentials

Following Tuesday’s Day of Service, the drive to work for the needs of others continued on Wednesday, with the renewal of the ever-popular Annual Buzz-Off. During the lunchtime gathering, more than 45 students and several faculty members gave up their locks in exchange for financial pledges by their classmates in support of Cancer Research. Student organizers were Vincent Zanna '18, Tim Metcalf '18 and Nick John '17, with support from Pirates Against Cancer. With Guidance Counselors Chris Barnett and Chris Scheick, Director of Griffin Bridges Horton Sears and South Orange’s Louis the Barber taking care of the shearing honors, the parlay of a Tag Day and pledges topped out at $3800.


Day of Service Engages Hundreds in the Work of Helping Others

Tues. Mar.21, 2017

Last week Prep students spent a couple of days thinking about and working on behalf of others as Tuesday March 21 was designated a Day of Service. While sophomores and juniors labored over the PSAT and SAT exams, groups of freshmen and seniors gathered on campus or headed off to complete several projects that would enhance the lives of others outside The Prep community.

One group of seniors headed to Jersey City to help in the clean-up at Magnificat Home, a non-profit organization with the mission of providing a family-like home for people who are in need of one. Magnificat Home is open to all adults, but has a special concern for those who are otherwise unable to provide a decent home for themselves. Many are on disability and suffer from a range of emotional, mental and social difficulties.

Another group of seniors gathered in the Dining Hall under the directionof Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), packaging 10,000 food packets (of rice and flour) to be sent to Syria. The group was founded in 1998 by Ray Buchanan, a Methodist minister whose vision is to end world hunger.

Still another gathering of seniors in the Media Center teamed up for the Wounded Warriors Project to write letters of support for American troops stationed with the 101st airborme 33rd Cavalry in Afghanistan, with the Marines in Kuwait and to Class of 2003 Lt. Rob Maul’s unit in Japan. A fourth group constructed bird, owl and bat and houses to fulfill some of The Prep’s environmental commitments at the Kelly Athletic Complex; others, accompanied by a group of freshmen, went up Northfield Avenue to offer some companionship at a senior assisted living facility, while a final group head to Our Lady of the Valley to help in their Food Pantry.

Dozens of freshmen headed off to Hillside’s Community Food Bank for a morning of cleaning, sorting and packaging food donations that will be given away to food insecure areas in New Jersey. A festive band of frosh put together Easter Baskets full of stuffed animals, coloring books and crayons, colorful socks and story books to be sent to the Children’s Ward at Sloan Kettering Hospital. And the week’s activities were not yet complete, with the Annual Buzz-Off to come the following day.


First Practice on the Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field

Thur. Mar.9, 2017

A special moment took place Thursday afternoon as the Pirates lacrosse team took to the field for the first time on the long-awaited Brendan P. Tevlin Memorial Field. Many thanks to the dozens of people from the Seton Hall Prep Community and the Town of West Orange for arranging this special opportunity to pay tribute to Brendan Tevlin and to the hundreds of people whose generosity has made this remarkable sports venue possible.


Ash Wednesday Liturgy Begins Lent at SHP

Wed. Mar.1, 2017

With an early morning Mass in the middle of Exam Week, The Prep opened the 40-day period of spiritual preparation for Easter. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan was joined at the altar with President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Fr. Bill Melillo and Chaplains Frs. Zach Swantek and James White. Music Ministry led the assembly in song. Later in the day ashes were again distributed to students who were unable to attend the pre-school liturgy.


Region 4 Wrestling Photos in Gallery

Sat. Feb. 25, 2017


B'Ball Photos vs Newark Tech Posted to Media Gallery

Thurs. Feb. 23, 2017


Yongjia “Leo” Hou Receives Top Art Award

Fri. Feb. 24, 2017

The Montclair Art Museum has announced that Seton Hall Prep student Yongjia “Leo” Hou has been awarded a Gold Key Award in the Northern NJ Regional Scholastics Art and Writing Awards. His painting of his mother, “Lisa”, was placed in the top level of awards by a jury of professional artists, curators, and arts educators that spent more than 30 hours reviewing over 4,200 works of art submitted by 1462 individual student artists from across northern New Jersey. His work was selected as part of the top 6% in the region. Two of his paintings of a pair of Prep classmates also received Honorable Mention awards.

Leo was invited to the the award ceremony on the opening night at the Montclair Art Museum celebrating the Gold and Silver Key winners. All works that received a Gold Key award at the regional level will be forwarded to the National Scholastics Art and Writing Awards for consideration for further recognition in March. The Gold Key Exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum runs through March 26.

Born in Beijing, China, and currently a junior at The Prep, Leo is a member of the school’s International Student Program. He hopes to continue his art studies in college, with his eye on a career in product design.


Hockey State Tournament Photos Posted

Mon. Feb. 20, 2017


Basketball Tournament Album Posted in Media Gallery

Sat. Feb. 18, 2017


Msgr. Kelly honored as West Orange Citizen of the Year

Tue. Feb. 7, 2017

On Tuesday February 7 at the West Orange Mayor’s “State of the Town” Annual Breakfast, SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly received the West Orange Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award. In presenting the award, Mayor Robert Parisi recalled the remarks of his predecessor and now Assemblyman John McKeon, who said that he “had never met a man more respected throughout the state than Msgr. Michael Kelly.”

Mayor Parisi continued, “In addition to his commitment to the priesthood, Monsignor Kelly has had a lifetime commitment to education... He is a West Orange Rotarian, a member of the Knights of Columbus and part of countless other organizations and charities. His career…his life…has touched thousands and thousands of young minds and young spirits. And he has received nearly as many awards and honors. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Metro YMCA of the Oranges and has been honored by our West Orange UNICO with the Ben L. Spinelli Community Service Award. He is a proud member of the Seton Hall University Athletic Hall of Fame, has been honored by the Essex County Chapter of the National Football Foundation, is a Past President of the NJ Interscholastic Athletic Association and, under then Governor Richard Codey, served as Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Steroid Use and Prevention.”

The Mayor noted that Monsignor Kelly has been the longtime Chaplain of the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presiding over the annual Parade Day and as a Chaplain Captain of the New Jersey Army Reserve National Guard. He has been a faithful participant in the Township’s Annual Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day Ceremonies.

“In 2016,” he continued, “he celebrated his 50th year of Ordination to the Priesthood, much of that time as a part of our Township. He is well known everywhere, but humble; he is respected, but well liked as well; he is a man of the people, but more than anything, he is a man of God and has lived his life in the service of God and of others. Seton Hall Prep has become a valued part of our community, and it is impossible to think of Seton Hall without thinking of Monsignor Kelly. Today we offer our congratulations on his celebrated service and our thanks for his years of guidance and friendship.”


New Class Inducted at National Honor Society Ceremony

Mon. Feb. 13, 2017

On Monday February 13 the Walter P. McMahon Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed to its ranks the 2017 class of inductees at an evening ceremony in Giblin Auditorium. The students and their parents were welcomed by NHS Adviser John Henrikson, SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan. NHS President Sean Callaghan ’18, serving as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, introduced Keynote Speaker Mr. John Pascal, Prep English teacher, who spoke about the hallmark qualities each of the members is called to model— character, leadership, service and academic excellence. Four NHS officers followed— Jack Simone, Cameron Fiore, Frank Spano and Christian McNeill — lighting a candle that represented each of the qualities and taking to the podium to shed further light on them.

To conclude the ceremony, each of the inductees was called forward to receive the NHS pin from the officers. Juniors Branden Angelo, Paolo Arante, Peter Arleo, Benjamin Ballway, Emmet Bayne, Nathan Beauvais, Adam Budzyn, Sean Callaghan, Michael Carpel, Cameron Carti, Jacques Clovis, Charles Cunningham, Frank DeLuca, Aleksander DeMaio, Matthew Dicaro, Daniel DiNatale, Devon Dobres, Max Engelbrechtsen, John Farrell, Cameron Fiore, Brendan Flood, Damani Francis, Michael Gaudioso, Joseph Gigantino, Daniel Gizzo, Evan Griffith, Hunter Hagan, Brandon Hicks, Charles Horsey, Yongjia Hou, Robert Hughes, John Huppert, Raphael Isidro, Simon Jenkins, Willem Juhlin, William Kieselstein, Sean King, Christopher Lambert, James Lederman, Joseph Manno, Charles Marashlian, Zachary Margovskiy, Matthew Martins, Ryan Martynowicz, Connor Matteson, Cole Mattox, Joseph McDonough, Tyler McGuigan, Brendan McKeown, Christian McNeill, Thomas Meade, Vinicyus Melo-Braga, James Mesce, Charles Meyers, Kyle Miskovich, Daniel Morace, Matthew Murray, Hunter Musson, John O'Hern, Michael Oross, Dominic Palumbo, Maguire Pecci, Julian Pena, Peter Pinto, Pierson Rambusch, Xavier Ramon, Nicholas Rein, Benjamin Ruvo, Max Ruvo, Daniel Samtani, Mark Samuel, Jake Sandomeno, Thomas Sarni, Robert Sheppard, Adam Silva, John Simone, Frank Spano, Benjamin Strauss, Dwight Thomas, Alan Torres, Charles Trebus, Francisco Valliciergo, Alex Wang, James Ward, Matthew Wettengel, Matthew Williams, Daniel Zarillo: and Seniors Bernie Chavez, Benjamin Groppe, Austin Harvey, Nicholas Napolitano, Adam Ned, Kyle Otto, Michael Ukrainskyj, Timothy Wise, William Yorke.


Essex County B'Ball Tournament Round 1 Photos in Media Gallery

Sat. Feb. 11, 2017


Pirates Sign to Play at the Next Level

Wed. Feb. 1, 2017

On February 1 seven Seton Hall Prep student-athletes gathered to commemorate their commitment to continue their athletic careers at the university level. Four of them celebrated the signing of a National Letter of Intent with NCAA Division I member institutions. Through this agreement a student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for at least one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for the same period.

Pirates' New Jersey Soccer Player of the Year, Mason Toye, signed on with national power Indiana University. His 21 goals and 12 assists last season also saw him voted 1st Team All State, All Metro, All-County and All-Conference, in addtion to a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Regional and All-American Teams.

Pirates football All-State standout, Paul Theobald, signed with Boston College. Last fall he collected 165 tackles from the linebacker position and a pair of receiving TDs as a tight end. He was named Essex County Defensive Player of the Year, and earned 1st Team All-Confernce and All-State honors.

A pair of football players signed NLIs with Columbia University. Receiver Dwayne Warren, over the last two seasons, collected a dozen receiving TDs, among his 93 receptions for 1227 yards. He was named 1st team All-Area, All-Conference and All-County. Joining him at Columbia will be lineman Joshua Kaminski, who received 2nd Team United White Division honors at season's end.

Joining the Division I NLI signees was a trio of football players that have committed to play at DII or DIII institutions. Safety Matt Durborow will continue his play at Amherst University; offensive lineman Thomas Cavanagh has signed on with Saint Anselm College; and Captain and safety/running back Michael Mughetto will play at Tufts University.


The Class of 2021 Registers at SHP

Sat. Feb. 4, 2017

Saturday Feb 5 was the biggest day of the year for The Prep Admission Office, as the months-long admission process came to a close with an overwhelmingly successful registration for the Class of 2021 taking place. While the sign-up for next year’s freshman class is now full, additional applications are still being accepted with the view that qualified future applicants will be moved to the existing wait list. • The total number of applicants for the Class of 2021 was 620, and counting. The most recently registered students come from 78 different towns— in New Jersey, New York, Georgia and China. The class hails from more than 100 different schools. • The previous weekend’s Candidate’s Day was noted by Admission Director Michael Zinsmeister as the largest turnout in his more than a dozen years in the Admission Office. That boded well for the actual registration day a week later.


Prep Players Team Up In support of A Special Hockey Team

Sat. Feb. 4, 2017

Last Saturday the Pirates Hockey Team joined the long line of Prep teams that have come up with service programs in support of local community organizations. Spearheaded by senior Sam Kuprianov, the hockey team’s effort provided an on-ice clinic for the NJ Dare Devils, an organization based out of the Richard Codey Arena at South Mountain, which provides opportunitities for individuals with developmental disabilities to participate in ice hockey. Practicing each Saturday afternoon, the Dare Devils comprise more that 50 developmentally delayed children and adults across a wide range of abilities, who participate in a brand of the sport known as “Special Hockey.” The Pirates players spent the first part of the clinic with the youngest children, who are just learning how to skate. The second session was a workout with the older players, including several drills to help better their game. For the entire afternoon, "having fun" was the top priority. • The Dare Devils program is headed by Manager Andy Piccirillo and Head Coach Steve Ritter.


Pirates In the Running at Catholic Track Conference Championships

Sun. Feb. 5, 2017


The Prep Celebrates Chinese New Year

Thurs. Feb. 2, 2017

On Thursday, February 2, SHP students ushered in the Year of the Rooster in a big way. Senior hosts Jianhao "Kevin" Zhang and junior Maguire Pecci introduced freshman Runze "Brandon" Zhao and senior JP Ennis, who kicked off the celebration with a traditional noisy salvo of drums and cymbals. After an introduction to the customs of the Chinese New Year, students in the Mandarin program gathered for a recitation of the poem "Yuan Ri" ("New Year's Day") by Song Dynasty poet Wang Anshi: "With the sound of fireworks, another year passes...everyone always replaces the old New Year charms with new ones".

Brandon Zhao and LG Marapao followed with a kendo swordfighting performance, set to music from the 1990 Kung fu film The Swordsman, accompanied by Mandarin teacher Michael Hegedus on the Chinese zither. Maguire Pecci introduced senior Qiaohao "Joseph" Chen, who sang the Chinese pop song "Can't Help Falling in Love", accompanied on guitar by sophomore Mingchen Chen. Mingchen is a recent arrival to The Prep, transferring to the school from China only 3 weeks ago!

The program ended with trivia and raffle prizes. The students used their phones to take surveys on questions like which fruits, colors and numbers were considered lucky in Chinese culture. Prize winners took home prizes ranging from candy and chopsticks to a lucky fortune cat Chinese decoration.


Pirates Battle to Draw with Public Power Glen Rock

Wed. Feb. 1, 2017


SHP Mock Trial Reaches County Final

Sun. January 30, 2017

The Seton Hall Prep Mock Trial Team competed in the Essex County Tournament in January. The team had a successful season, winning rounds against Essex Vocational Tech, Verona High, Montclair Kimberley Academy and former National Competitor Montclair High School. These victories led the squad to the Essex County Championship, where they lost to Newark Academy, as the team won their ninth consecutive County Championship. With nine returning members, the Mock Trial Team looks ahead to a competitive 2018 campaign. Mock trial roster: Michael Minasian, Ben Strauss, Peter Pinto, Jake Wozniak, Christian McNeil, Brian Brennan, Matthew Aurilia, Nicholas Pulice, Nicholas Minasian, Duren Horsey.


Weekend Games Posted in Gallery

Mon. January 30, 2017


Kairos 8631 Returns Following Four Days of Renewal and Self-Discovery

Fri. January 27, 2017

The large contingent of juniors and seniors attending January's Kairos (8631) returned Friday afternoon after four days away at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point New York. The 50 student retreatants were led in their days of spiritual and personal exploration and renewal by 15 student leaders and 10 faculty. 

The student leaders, former Kairos retreatants, were Brendan Burke, Connor Davey, Cole Devine, James Ennis, Brendan Finney, Kevin Gately, Alexander Giaquinto, Collin Leigh, John Luke Lembo, Nico Mottesi, Stephen Rivera, Josh Tannen, Brian Tevlin, Michael Ukrainskyj and Kevin young. Staff members assisting were Matthew Bonder, William Denk, Margaret Mainardi, Vin McMahon, Seann Farrell, Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella, Mark Vitale, Director of Retreats Billy Ward, Chaplain Jim White and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan.

Kairos 8631 was the third of the five Kairos Retreats scheduled for the 2016-17 academic year. For insight and details about Kairos activities visit the December post on Kairos 8630.


Essex County and SEC Swim Championship Medalists in Media Gallery

Thur. January 26, 2017


Weekend Hockey Victory Posted in Media Gallery

Sat. January 21, 2017


Wrestling Championship Photos in Media Gallery

Fri. January 20, 2017


Pirate Wrestling Into Top 20

Mon. January 16, 2017


Pirates Baseball & a Day of Games for Their Special Friends

Sun. January 15, 2017

On Sunday January 15 the Pirates Baseball Program, along with 20 students from Mount St. Dominic and another 20 Prep student volunteers, hosted a Games Carnival for developmentally delayed and physically challenged children and adults. With more than 150 guests arriving from area group homes or as individuals accompanied by their parents, the afternoon’s activities included games, movies, snacks and magic. The number of attendees was double that of the inaugural carnival held two years ago, due in large part to the efforts of Co-Directors of Camp New Day, Mike Ollo and SHP’s Director of Service Learning Vinnie McMahon, as well as Pirates Baseball team members Mike Ukrainskyj, Josh Tannen and Eric Raio. The group homes bringing individuals to enjoy the day’s activities included ARC of Essex/Cedar Grove, ARC of Essex/Verona, Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled, Hudson Milestone, Washington Residence, Millburn Group home, West Caldwell Group Home, Orange Group Home, Clarmont-Montclair, Marmon, Murry, Asbrook, Oakwood and Gregory House.

It was clear from the expressions on everyone's faces that the afternoon was a huge success. One parent whose son attended the carnival wrote Coach Sheppard the following day, with a message of gratitude, first offering specific thanks to her son’s player escorts… “I am so thankful to them both! [My son] has low-functioning autism and is non-verbal. Although [he] has a chronological age of 20-years-old, his overall age and physical ability level is that of a 3-5 year old. [Your players] were amazing, encouraging [him] to participate in all the activities and were very helpful instructing him to achieve success. All the students deserve the same praise! Everyone was enthusiastic and friendly, greeting [him], giving him Fist-Bumps and Hi-Fives. [My son] gleamed with a smile the entire time and continues to speak of Carnival!"

In addition to the winter games carnival, Baseball Coach Mike Sheppard’s program also hosts a fall baseball clinic in conjunction with Camp New Day, as well as providing service at Thanksgiving to the Livingston Mall and the Community Food Bank’s food drive.


Wrestling Victory Posted to Gallery

Sat. January 14, 2017


Mothers Auxiliary Celebrates 2016 Success, Presenting Huge Check to The Prep

Mon. January 9, 2017

Just before the Winter Break the Prep Mothers Auxiliary celebrated the organization's many 2016 successes with a festive evening of Christmas spirit at their annual Christmas Social. Following upon a wide variety of activities which included multiple fund-raisers and the year-long mammoth effort towards their Fall Fashion Show, organization President Donna Pinto, Past-President Cathy DeCarlo-Egan and Fashion Show Co-Chairs Stacy Baker and Cathy Marston highlighted the evening's program with the presentation to The Prep of a check for $110,000.


Hockey Photos Posted to Media Gallery

Mon. January 9, 2017


B'Ball Photos Posted to Media Gallery

Sun. January 8, 2017


Young Alumni Day- A Time For Catching Up

Fri. January 6, 2017

On Friday January 6 Seton Hall Prep welcomed back close to 175 recently graduated alumni for an afternoon of shared stories of college life and reminiscences with faculty and students at the school. The annual event, held on the day the school celebrates the feast day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, is hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and generally draws alumni from the two or three most recent graduated classes.


Big Hardcourt Win Posted to Gallery

Thurs. January 5, 2017


Pirates Wrestling Defeats Mountaineers

Wed. January 4, 2017


Pirates Win a Rout and a Nail-Biter at Neptune Tournament

Wed. December 28, 2016


Advent Liturgy and Concert– a Fine Send-Off to Christmas Break

Thurs. December 22, 2016

The Seton Hall Prep Community headed off to Christmas Break on December 21 following the school’s Advent liturgy and a mini-concert presented by the C-Tonians and the Band. The Prep’s headmaster and principal celebrant Msgr. Robert Harahan, joined at the altar by SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Chaplains Revs. Zachary Swantek and James White, delivered his Christmas message, centered on the timely question of “not what will you get, but what will you give?” for Christmas.

The Christmas Concert featured several songs offered by the a cappella group C-Tonians and a specially crafted version of “The Night Before Christmas,” teaming Msgr. Harahan and the Band. Highlighting the morning’s event, and putting to rest rumors of his retirement or even demise, Rudolph appeared from stage right as the Band struck up his theme song.


Big Hockey Win Posted to Gallery

Sat. December 17, 2016


Seton Hall Prep's Near-Space Balloon Project

Sat. December 17, 2016

Seton Hall Prep's Near-Space Balloon Project from Seton Hall Prep on Vimeo.

In the early morning hours of the day before Thanksgiving, when most students were enjoying a well-deserved day off from school, Mr. Snyder's STEM class was loading up a small bus in preparation for their "near-space weather balloon" launch. The project was two months in the making and integrated the four components of STEM education into a team-based project. While only in its inaugural year at Seton Hall Prep, the STEM program provided its students with the invaluable experience of working in a businesslike environment in which each student had a specific role, and if any of those roles were not taken seriously, the success of the entire project would be in jeopardy. Harry Roman, a retired engineer for PSE&G, an inventor, and an educational innovator for STEM Education shared his thoughts on the project: "This project put the students in a powerful environment that might very turn out to be one of the most real-world experiences that these students get in high school or college. Not only did the students have to take their work seriously, but they to take complete ownership over the whole project. No matter their talents, they needed to work as a team in order for this project to achieve substantial success."

Dave Snyder '89, the teacher of the STEM class, lauds the students' determination and their appreciation of The Prep's motto, Hazard Zet Forward. "While each student owned a critical role in this project, they all knew that they had to work together to overcome every challenge. As an example, if the Video Coordinator (Adam Ned) didn't work with the Build Coordinator (Robert Budzyn) regarding the requirements, weight, and location of his apparatus, the Build Coordinator would not have been able to give the logistical coordinator (Luyi Tang) the information required to predict the flight path. If the Technology Coordinator (Aaron Deditch) was not involved in every step of the decision-making process, the team would not have been able to obtain and access the GPS information and the copious data that the flight computer provided. All of this of course was moderated by our Project Manager (Julian Braun), who made sure that all of the pieces of the puzzle worked well with each other and that the launch would have the highest probability of success."

What was their definition of success? Working together to have a successful launch, but the "journey" along the way proved to be just as valuable as the end result. Every aspect of this project forced the team to have discussions and make decisions. Each decision had to be carefully considered and researched. Even though high-altitude balloon launching has been achieved before, no single resource has a clear "How-to" recipe for the perfect process. The students had to vet the myriad resources and then make decisions based on our location, our particular payload, and our desired flight time. In addition to a successful launch, the team decided that they would build the payload and then inflate the balloon with enough helium to target an altitude of 60,000 feet – an elevation that would place their project in the stratosphere where temperatures would dance around -50 degrees Fahrenheit, and the barometric pressure would be less than a tenth of what we experience on the ground. At that point the balloon would have exploded and the payload would float to the ground attached to its parachute.

As the design and assembly of the payload progressed through October and November, the team had to plan several possible launch sites. If the balloon were launched from The Prep, it would soar over the Atlantic Ocean within 20 minutes. The team considered several locations west of The Prep, and it was agreed that an ideal location would be Mr. Snyder's alma mater – The University of Scranton. The day before the launch, we informed the air traffic control tower at the local Scranton airport about our launch, and they gave us the green light. Upon arriving at the campus, we set up our launch site and other than a few foreboding trees, the location was perfect and the skies were exceptionally clear. After firing up the two GPS trackers, the flight computer, and the audio beacon, the team pumped their desired amount of helium (90 cubic feet) into the balloon while measuring the lift with a handheld scale. That measurement was critical since it controlled the maximum altitude and flight distance. Once each team member was satisfied, we agreed to launch and the rest of the flight was at the fate of the atmosphere.

The team quickly got back on the bus for the chase. The students tracked the balloon on their phones while the GPS trackers relayed their locations every three minutes. Mr. Snyder recalled the feeling on the bus trip back to New Jersey: "We knew that the GPS trackers could not communicate beyond 60,000 feet, and when the tracking halted after about an hour, we were nervous and excited. Excited, because we suspected that the balloon made it to our desired altitude. Nervous, because we were hoping that the GPS trackers would regain contact as the payload descended to the earth. After about twenty minutes of tension, we received GPS coordinates again and we were ecstatic." Eventually the balloon landed just one mile west of the Hudson River in a wooded area of Tenafly. After realizing that they couldn't retrieve the payload that day, the team hired a local tree service to get the payload back in their hands.

With the invaluable flight computer and GoPro in our possession, the team pored over the data from the flight recorder and the video from the GoPro video camera. The results were far beyond the team's expectations. Some of the most noteworthy measurements were as follows:

  • Maximum altitude was 95,000 feet – demolishing our minimum target of 60,000 feet
  • At the maximum altitude the balloon would have been the size of a one-car garage
  • Maximum achieved speed was 136 mph in the jet stream
  • Lowest temperature was –60 degrees Fahrenheit
  • GoPro battery froze at 47,000 feet
  • Entire flight was approximately two hours
  • Lowest barometric pressure was 6 millibars. (Standard atmospheric pressure at seas level is 1013 millibars.)

One of the most powerful educational tools that resulted from this project came from the sharing of the data with other courses such as Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science. Once those teachers got ahold of that information, they immediately found copious connections to the their disciplines. Kevin McNulty, the Assistant Headmaster, reacted: "The fact that our students provided authentic data to other science courses in our school was an outstanding contribution to the educational program at Seton Hall Prep."

The STEM class will continue its work this year with a Raspberry Pi project, the Navy SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Competition, and yes, another near-space balloon launch is a possibility!

Here is a link to the spreadsheet of data from the flight computer. If you have any questions about the data, please email Dave Snyder at dsnyder@shp.org.


Christmas Concert Sets the Stage for Winter Break

Wed. December 15, 2016

The Annual Christmas Concert set the stage for next week’s Winter Break on the evening of November 14 in Giblin Auditorium. Under the direction of Arts Department Chairman Joseph Neglia the Band kicked off the evening’s program with an eclectic group of selections, ranging from Franz Von Suppe and Giuseppe Verdi to Mars Bonfire to Frank Loesser, Louis Prima, Quincy Jones and Jose Feliciano.

The first part of the 125-member band’s program was followed by a half-dozen selections by the C-Tonians. Directed by Theresa Neglia the group sang pieces from the 12th century and traditional American spirituals, as well as songs by Irving Berlin, George Harrison, as well as a 1950’s #1 hit by Slay and Crewe. As the evening drew to a close the large audience received Christmas blessings from Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and the eagerly awaited news from Director Neglia that the Spring Musical will be Guys and Dolls.

View the Christmas Concert program here...


The Christmas Season Begins in Earnest

Thurs. December 8, 2016


6th Annual Hunger Summit Explores Solutions

Wed. December 7, 2016

On November 15, the 6th annual convocation of Seton Hall Prep's High School Hunger Summit brought together students from 16 metro-area high schools to brainstorm about and make proposals to deal with the world-wide scourge of hunger and malnutrition. Prep Director of Service Learning Vincent McMahon and The Community FoodBank’s Hunger Action Coordinator Laura Sodano welcomed more than 220 students and two dozen advisers who share the same passion and enthusiasm about hunger and poverty issues in New Jersey, and laid out the morning's activities- the basic premise of the conference being not merely to empathize with those suffering from hunger, but to come up with real-world solutions using modern technology and strategies.

Following the welcomes, the students set out for their choices among ten workshops, where they brainstormed on the group’s topic and came up with action points that they would bring to the morning’s concluding assembly. Among the presenters and workshops Ms. Lisa Pitz- "Hunger Hurts: Be a Hunger Advocate", Ms. Julie Rusin- "Community Gardening and Local Farms: Bringing Nutrition to all, Ms. Vesta Godwin Clark- "Soup Kitchens and Pantries: NJ's Safety Net, Ms. LaChell Miller- "Good Nutrition in Hard Economic Times", Ms. Jessica Fernandez- "Changing the Landscape of Peace: One Garden at a Time in Newark,” Mr. Jim Andreano- "Climate Change: How it Impacts Food,” Ms. Ruth Dekker- "Global Hunger: How Can a Young Person Make a difference?,” Ms. Linda Rivera- "I want to Make a Difference: How do I start?" and Ms. Catharina Wolfe- "Communicate and Mobilize.” The advisors from each school convened in the conference room to exchange ideas on ways that they and their school’s student activists can make an impact.

Seton Hall’s student event coordinators were Andrew Handal and Daniel Wikstrom, with assistance from Daniel Caicedo, Sam Sayles, Brandon Ruiz, Jake Smith and Jake Tarnoff. They were directed in the undertaking by Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella and Vincent McMahon.


30th Kairos Retreat Returns to The Prep, Renewed

Fri. December 2, 2016

The Prep's 30th Kairos Retreat returned to school on Friday December 2 following four days away from the daily grind. Accompanied by a number of Prep faculty and staff, the group's "time away, the Lord's time," was spent in Long Valley at the Liebenzell Retreat Center. The retreat features time for presentations and follow-up small group discussions, as well as time for personal reflection and evening Mass.

The number of students opting to participate in the Kairos experience is now nearly 150 each year in one of the four retreat opportunities arranged by the Campus Ministry Ministry Office, directed by Sharon Rondinella and Retreat Director Billy Ward. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan remarked earlier that the Kairos experience “can be life changing for our students and for all in attendance as well. The Prep regards the Kairos retreat as integral to our mission.” And Mr. Ward has noted, “Word of the experience has been passed down by upperclassmen and parents and has created an expectation that when students attend Kairos, they are going to have a memorable experience. They arrive eager and open to finally get to be a part of what some students say is imperative to their ‘Prep Journey’ of becoming a man.”

Kairos 86.30 was led by student leaders, former retreatants themselves— Chris Coppola, Domenick DelGuercio, Jack Ehrich, Christian Galvano, Jack Haley, Michael Mesce, Aidan Mihalik, Eric Raio, Brandon Ruiz, CK Stlekar. They were assisted by faculty members Vinny McMahon (Director of Service Learning Program), Sharon Rondinella, Billy Ward and Prep Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zach Swantek


Hockey Home Opener Added to Media Gallery

Wed. November 30, 2016


Trimester Ends with Prayers of Thanksgivng

Tue. November 22, 2016

On Tuesday November 22 Seton Hall Prep celebrated the end of the first trimester and the approaching holiday break with a Thanksgiving Prayer Service in Giblin Auditorium. History teacher David Giarrusso presided over the dual assemblies, which had as their theme the life, contributions and mission of Mother Teresa, who was canonized in September as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Spanish teacher Margaret Mainardi spoke to the students about her personal calling to expand her role as a Prep language teacher to that of ministry to the Spanish-speaking immigrants in the Paterson Diocese. Later, a dozen students with roots in a wide spectrum of the world’s nations took to the podium, reminding the assemblies of the many needs of vast populations that do not have the great fortune to share in the abundance that we may take for granted as Americans.


Six Pirates Sign National Letters of Intent

Mon. November 21, 2016

In the first week of November six Prep student athletes each signed National Letters of Intent with NCAA Division I member institutions. Through this agreement a student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for at least one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for the same period.

The Prep student athletes gathered with their parents and SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly, Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan, Athletic Director Larry Baggitt and their coaches David Giarrusso (lacrosse), Randy Schweitzer (swimming) and Michael Sheppard (baseball)for photos to commemorate the signings: Brian Tevlin signed with Yale University, for lacrosse, as did Sean Quinn, with Drexel University. Colby Dixon signed with Bryant University for swimming. Jack Mahala signed with Harvard University, for baseball, as did brothers Jamil and Jermaine Vanheyningen, with Campbell University.

This November signing period is the first of several periods during the year when high school athletes can sign an NLI.


The Curtain Rises on Our Town

Sat. November 12, 2016

On November 11 and 12 the Giblin Auditorium curtain rose on Seton Hall Prep’s performance of Thorton Wilder’s Our Town. The 1938 Pulitzer Prize winning drama broke new ground when it was first performed in Princeton’s McCarter Theater, with minimal scenery or props, a play within a play, and a main character who bridges the gap between the audience and the actors on stage. That formidable role of Stage Manager was played by senior Erney Fertile, who led the audience on an exploration of the small town life of the fictional town of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Senior Edwin Donnelly, a first time actor on the SHP stage, took on the role of George Gibbs. Playing opposite him in the role of Emily Webb was Quinn Barnitt, daughter of guidance counselor Chris Barnitt ’88. Three acts divide the action to tell the story of "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Dying."

Our Town was directed by Theresa Neglia. The townsfolk of Grover’s Corners were played by Cody Kohn, Ben Ballway, Paolo Arante, Lillian Shea, Aleah Colon-Alfonso, Lily-Max Cooke, John Bartolomeo, Elias Getahaun, Luke Alexander, Dave Schuldiner, Nicole Goldberg, Finn Witt, Jessica Cuntrera, Brandon Ruiz, Nicholas Ferrara, Seamus O’Neill, Brian Cadag and Nicholas Rauschenberger.


Pirates Fall a Goal Short in State Final

Sun. November 13, 2016


Pirates Grab No. Jersey Soccer Title in Shootout

Thur. November 10, 2016


Fathers Club Communion Breakfast and The Reynolds Award Presentation

Wed. November 9, 2016

The Fathers Club and Seton Hall Prep celebrated at the organization’s Annual Communion Breakfast at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. The Mass was followed by the presentation of the Fathers Club’s most cherished award, the Thomas A. Reynolds Memorial Award, presented in the name and memory of Thomas A. Reynolds ’48, one of the early presidents of the organization, whose energy and leadership propelled the club into the arena of major financial support of The Prep. This year’s recipients were former FC president Joseph Brower and the Prep’s Director of the Media Center and Math teacher Mary Ann DeTrolio.

Read about the honorees in the event program.

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Pirates Soccer State Tournament in Gallery

Mon. November 7, 2016


Football Regular Season Finale Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. November 5, 2016


Mothers Auxiliary Fashion Show— Another Huge Success

Thur. November 3, 2016

Thursday November 3 marked the 35th Annual rendition of the Mothers Auxiliary Fashion Show. Co-Chaired by Stacy Baker and Cathy Marston, “A Moment in Time” celebrated Prep students’ time at SHP and the school's 160th anniversary. In addition to scores of raffle gifts, the drawings for several deluxe gifts highlighted the evening’s festivities— a Burberry wrap, a $1000 Amex gift card, a Louis Vuitton purse and a Mac laptop. A trio of diamond pieces were spotlighted in the Jewelry Auction. The Grand Raffle prize was a $10,000 American Express gift card.

Following dinner the huge crowd of 720 enjoyed a fashion parade provided by Macy’s of Short Hills and emceed by Director of Admission Michael Zinsmeister, featuring both professional models and 23 Prep seniors, modelling a variety of fashions, from tuxes to sport wear to business attire. Prep English teacher John Pascal joined the seniors on the runway. Popular stops during the cocktail hour before dinner were the Prep Store and the Mothers Auxiliary Store, which introduced a pair of newly designed silk scarves featuring well-known Prep imagery.


Seniors Gather for Class Photo

Tues. November 1, 2016

On Tuesday the members of the Class of 2016 passed a milestone on the way towards graduation, as they gathered on Verducci Field for the class photo. 


7 Students Inducted Into National Chinese Honor Society

Tues. November 1, 2016

Pictured above are Seton Hall Prep's National Chinese Honor Society members (l-r): Maguire Pecci, David Towell, Richard "Whit" Denton, Alain Kouassi, William Banker, and Winston James. Not pictured is fellow inductee, Owen Rogers.

The inaugural induction ceremony of the National Chinese Honor Society took place this morning as seven students were welcomed into the Prep's chapter of the national organization. All have taken four years of Chinese, and have excelled in their mastering of the language. In coordination with the International Program, they will be engaged in service projects “working towards world peace and prosperity.”

Mandarin Program Director Michael Hegedus greeted the inductees and several parents and faculty members. Each student then rose and, speaking in Mandarin, recited the pledge of the organization. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan concluded proceedings, extending congratulations to the inductees and with remarks praising their accomplishments and the bar-raising effect that the program has had on the entire Prep curriculum.

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Mon. October 31, 2016

Halloween Celebration Added to Media Gallery


Sun. October 30, 2016

Essex County Soccer Final- Photos Posted


Sat. October 29, 2016

Senior Day Victory Over MOUNTIES in Media Gallery


Thurs. October 20, 2016

32nd Hall of Fame Honors The Prep's Athletic Legacy

On Thursday October 20, Seton Hall Prep inducted nine former players and an outstanding team into the school’s 32nd Hall of Fame. SHP President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly noted that the evening’s festivities “recognized a group of men whose accomplishments and unselfish contributions represent the proud tradition of excellence that we costantly strive to uphold.” Along with the 1982-83 Wrestling Team “they are part of our proud and distinguished legacy and most deserving of this most prestigious award.”

The honorees were Donald Carter ’87 (Track), Christopher Rogers ’89 (Lacrosse), Derek Fogg ’91 (Swimming), Michael Walsh ’94 (Basketball, Football), Michael Cordovano ’97 (Hockey), Christopher Andrews ’05 (Basketball), Christopher O’Dougherty ’05 (Lacrosse), Alex Wujciak ’06 (Football, Basketball), Michael Ness ’06 (Baseball), 1982-83 Wrestling Team.

View the 32nd Hall of Fame program.


Sat. October 22, 2016

Football Photos in Media Gallery


Fri. October 21, 2016

2016's Inaugural Kairos Retreat Returns Refreshed

On Friday October 21 the 31 juniors and senior members of the Prep's 29th Kairos Retreat returned to school following four days away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Accompanied by a number of Prep faculty and staff, the group's "time away, the Lord's time" was spent at the bucolic setting of the Liebenzell Retreat Center in Long Valley.

The number of students opting to participate in the Kairos experience is now nearly 150 each year in one of the four retreat opportunities arranged by the Campus Ministry Ministry Office, directed by Sharon Rondinella and Retreat Director Billy Ward. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan remarked earlier that the Kairos experience “can be life changing for our students and for all in attendance as well. The Prep regards the Kairos retreat as integral to our mission.” And Mr. Ward has noted, “Word of the experience has been passed down by upperclassmen and parents and has created an expectation that when students attend Kairos, they are going to have a memorable experience. They arrive eager and open to finally get to be a part of what some students say is imperative to their ‘Prep Journey’ of becoming a man.”

The current retreat was led by student leaders, former retreatants themselves— Michael Corcoran, James Kemp, Will Korrner, Sam Kuprianov, Thomas Magnier, Jack McConeghy, Brendan McCormick, Jared Mehl, PJ Murphy, Jack Neinstedt and Matthew Robinso, They were assisted by faculty memers Vin McMahon (Director of Service Learning Program), Sharon Rondinella, Billy Ward, Msgr. Harahan and Prep Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zach Swantek.


Fri. October 14, 2016

Dodgeball Tourney Raises Cancer Awareness

Last Friday night the 8th Annual Dodgeball Fundraising Tournament brought together 24 six-man teams that raised over $1000 for Breast Cancer Awareness. This year's winning team, the Dirty Dodgers, comprising seniors Alex Giaquinto and Sean Quinn and juniors Cole Kirst, Andrew Gorelick, Peter Tevis, and Charlie Trebus, defeated The Big Als in an exciting final match without losing a single player. The 2014 champions, The Justice League, earned third place in a consolation match against Kemp's Kids. The gym was "rockin'" the entire night, filled with friendly competition to raise money for a important cause.


Football Victory Album


Soccer Victory Posted in Media Gallery


SHP Engineers Visit Lehigh

Photos and story courtesy of Science Department Chairperson, Kelly Ford

Twelve students from the Honors Introduction to Engineering class and six students from the Engineering Club traveled to Lehigh University on the October 10th holiday to tour research facilities and labs. They first visited ATLSS (Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems) Engineering Research Center where students learned how bridges, skyscrapers, and shear walls are tested at full scale. They then built their own K'Nex structures to test in the earthquake simulator.

The group then moved on to the Health Research Hub for a quick tour of the bioengineering labs and then to the dining hall for lunch and a rest. After lunch, they explored materials science and engineering at the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, where they checked out a scanning electron microscope and tested the strength of several different metal beams, and the Additive Manufacturing Lab, where they learned more about the 3-D printing technology (in both plastic and metal) utilized in their Engineering class.

A prompt tour of the Fluid Mechanics lab followed, where they learned about the formation of vortices around airplane and bird wings (think of a runner or truck "drafting" off of another). The day concluded with an exploration of the machining student shop (the "subtractive" manufacturing counterpart to 3-D printing) and the engines lab, where they ran tests on a turbo-charged Cadillac engine. It was a productive day that left students with full brains and tired legs.

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Special Friendships Renewed at Baseball Clinic

While the fringes of a weakening Hurricane Matthew forced the day’s events indoors, the Pirates Baseball Program nevertheless hosted a renewal of the Annual Baseball Clinic for their special needs guests on Sunday, October 9, in the gym. After several years of sponsorship of these clinics and with many guests returning year after year, many team members and guests were already on a first-name basis as the event got underway.

With a smaller than usual group of residents from Camp New Day in attendance due to the storm Camp Director and Prep teacher Vinnie McMahon led off the afternoon’s program with the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem, followed by the team and guests circling up for warm-up exercises. Several members of last spring’s No.1 and state championship team demonstrated throwing, catching and fielding techniques while Coach Mike Sheppard handled batting. The afternoon closed with some batting practice and a game, pitting the juniors against the guests and seniors.

Sunday’s clinic was a further demonstration of The Prep’s athletic teams’ commitment to service to organizations in the surrounding communities.


Big Soccer Win Over Kearny


Friday Night Football Posted to Media Gallery


Soccer Win vs Newark Tech in New Album in Gallery


Football vs Pope John Posted to Media Gallery


11 Students Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Assistant Headmaster Kevin McNulty, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and President Msgr. Michael Kelly flank The Prep's National Merit Semifinalists Ray Lozano and Kevin O'Connor. They are joined by the schools' nine Commended students (L-R) Conor Vedova, Noah Gould, Chasse Rush, Owen Talmadge, Philip Sprague, Andrew Handal, Andrew Deditch, Julian Londono (front) and Tomas Gato. 

Assistant Headmaster Kevin McNulty announced that 11 Prep students have been recognized for their exceptional achievement by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation— two of them as Semifinalists and nine as Commended Students. Of the 1.5 million students who sat for the PSAT last fall, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit®Scholarship Program. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. About 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state.

This year Ray Lozano and Kevin O’Connor have been designated as a Semifinalists, and by maintaining their academic performance level they will be eligible for designation as Finalists. Additionally, the following students have been designated as Commended Students: Andrew F. Deditch, Tomas D. Gato, Noah Gould, Andrew D. Handal, Julian Londono, Chasse E. Rush, Philip G. Sprague, Owen P. Talmadge, Conor F. Vedova.

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Wed. September 28, 2016

Pirates Cross Country Victory in Media Gallery

Tue. September 27, 2016


Pirates Football vs St. Peter's Posted to Media Gallery

Sat. September 24, 2016


Soccer Win Posted to Gallery

Thur. September 22, 2016


Activities and Service Fair: Invitation to Get Involved

Tue. September 20, 2016

The Class of 2020 got a first taste of the myriad organizations and activities offered at The Prep as the Annual Activities and Service Fair took place on Tuesday morning. The gym was bedecked with displays by dozens of clubs and activities, manned by each organization’s leadership, on hand to recruit new members, explain their work and answer questions from the newest members of the community. Leaving a name and email address at each station will have the students in contact with the clubs in the coming days. 

Among the many organizations presenting were: Cultural Clubs: Spanish Club, Chinese Club, Italian Club, Gaelic Society, West Indian Organization, Competitive Academic Teams:  Mock Trial Team, Model UN Team, Forensics/Debate Team, Quiz Bowl Team, Robotics Team, Publication: The Spectrum literary magazine, The Pirate newspaper, The Tower yearbook, Service Clubs:  Animal Rescue, Special Olympics, Operation Smile, Be the Match, Wounded Warrior, Habitat for Humanity , Service Club, American Red Cross Club, Community Food Bank, Grow a Row, Camp New Day, Autism Big Brothers, St. John’s Soup Kitchen Sandwich Making, Pirates Against Cancer, Knights of Setonia, Liturgical Ministry, My Brother’s Closet, Alzheimer’s Awareness Organization, Leukemia/ Lymphoma Research Society, Performing Arts Organizations: “C” Tonians A Cappella Group, Fall Drama, Spring Musical, Jazz Ensemble, Brass/ Wind Ensemble, Music Ministry, School Organizations: Pirate Nation, The Ambassadors, Student Council , Clubs and Activities: Chess Club, Cinema Club, Martial Arts Club, SHP Crew Club, Conservative Society, Democratic Society, Independent Society, Political Forum Club, Stock Market Club, Engineering Club, Future Lawyers Club, Future Business Leaders Club, Future Medical Leaders Club, Museums Club, SHP Eagles Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, Pirate Adventure Club, Environmental Club, Astronomy Club, Ping Pong Club, Car Club, Guitar Club, Visual Arts Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Silk Road Pop A Capella, Video Game Club, Video Game Design Club, SHPN- Seton Hall Prep Sports Network.


Football Photos vs Paramus Catholic Posted

Sat. September 17, 2016


Team Up Day for concussion safety

September 13, 2016

WEST ORANGE – Seton Hall Preparatory School takes academics, athletics, and the health and the well-being of its community members very seriously. The Prep has more than 950 students, of which 70 percent participate in Varsity, Junior Varsity and Freshman sports teams. With the vast participation in these programs, a harsh reality is that injuries will inevitably occur. “Our athletes’ health has always been, and will continue to be our number one focus,” stated Larry Baggitt, SHP Director of Athletics.

The SHP athlete needs to take ownership of helping to keep their peers healthy. Because of this, SHP will join the mission of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, (http://concussionfoundation.org/) with founder Chris Nowaski, who is a former Harvard football player and WWE wrestler, on Team Up Day, Tuesday, Sept. 13, with the core message that athletes have a responsibility to report to a team leader if they notice concussion symptoms in a teammate.

All 950 students will hear this message together on Team Up Day, and then again when the team captains reiterate the message that day at each of the team practices. The message is three-fold: 1. We’re a Team. Teammates look out for one another on and off the field. 2. A teammate with a concussion is a teammate that needs your help. They may not be able to recognize their own injury, putting them at risk, and an athlete with a concussion will be mistake-prone and ineffective. Getting them off the field is good for your teammate, and good for your team. 3. The expectation to speak up if you think your teammate might have a concussion. A team leader’s attitude sets the tone for how the entire team responds to concussions. All members of the team are expected to speak up to the coach, team captain or athletic trainer if they see something.

Junior Ryan Martynowicz leads the charge for SHP learning about the Concussion Legacy Foundation mission. Ryan sustained a concussion prior to attending Seton Hall at a swim meet. He said that his concussion was life-altering and that he did not fully regain his memory for almost 11 months. Ryan is proud that his high school, Seton Hall Prep, takes concussions seriously and holds the health of its athletes as the paramount concern. “The support I received from the SHP swim coaches and teammates when I returned to the pool was invaluable to allowing me to continue to swim,” stated Ryan.

The ultimate goal of Team Up Day is to improve concussion reporting rates and strengthen team bonds – Team Up, Speak Up.

In 1905, Harvard University Head Football Coach Bill Reid wrote a diary of the season. He documented the team doctor’s annual safety speech to the team, in which the doctor said: “In case any man in any game gets hurt by a hit on the head so that he does not realize what he is doing, his teammate should at once insist that time be called and that a doctor come onto the field to see what is the trouble.”

A speech from a person of authority to his team members instructing them to report concussion symptoms in teammates has been lost to history. Without these instructions, many players still think they are being a good teammate by covering for a peer with a concussion. That sort of sentiment is not, and will not be acceptable at Seton Hall Prep. “We are one team, and we will always look out for our brothers!” Team Up, Speak Up.

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Class of 2020- Building the Team at Field Day

Tue. September 13, 2016

Kicking off the day with a Class of 2020 photo, which will hopefully be re-enacted four years from now, the members of the freshman class and their Peer Mentors came together for a day of games and team building on Tuesday. With construction taking place at the Kelly Athletic Complex, the full day of activities took place on campus this year. Volleyball, football and relays highlighted the morning, with the eagerly awaited tug-of-war bringing the gymnasium gathering to a frenzied pitch to culminate the afternoon.


Soccer Wins in OT

Tue. September 13, 2016


Football Season Opens vs Peddie

Sat. September 10, 2016


Mr. John R. Pascal to do book signing Sept. 17

September 9, 2016

Mr. Pascal is a contributing author to a new book called Mark Twain & Youth published by Bloomsbury Academic. He is in the writing company of the world’s most renowned and published scholars in Mark Twain Studies. This book fully explores the different youth themes in both the life and writings of Mark Twain.

Representing Seton Hall Preparatory School, his chapter focuses on his students’ reactions to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and two of Twain’s early comedic short stories.

Mr. Pascal is signing bookplates for his book copies at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the Livingston Mall on Saturday, September 17th from 9 AM to 10 PM. He does not earn any money on the book sales; all proceeds go to the Mark Twain Home in Hartford, Conn.; the Mark Twain Boyhood Home in Hannibal, MO; the Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira, NY; and the Mark Twain Project at the University of California.

Benefiting Seton Hall Prep, his book sales along with any other product purchased that day will have a portion of proceeds given to The Prep, courtesy of the generosity of Barnes & Noble. The Prep’s Mothers Auxiliary will be on hand for the entire day and evening to support Mr. Pascal as well as to distribute vouchers for the proceeds to The Prep.

Mr. Pascal will make three fifteen minutes presentations on the book at 11 AM, 3 PM, and 7 PM.

A cum laude graduate of Villanova University, he earned his M.B.A. at Seton Hall University, and his M.A. in English at Montclair State University. He is now in his 16th year teaching 9th and 11th grade English and his second year of teaching his created course The Writings of Mark Twain. He serves as moderator of numerous student clubs and the Student Council. Recognized as a generous teacher, counselor, and moderator, he received the school’s Salvatore N. Caprio Award in 2010.

Please come and support your former teacher’s literary accomplishment; email Mr. Pascal at jpascal@shp.org for any further information. In case you cannot make the book signing, the book is available for purchase via Amazon and Bloomsbury Academic and Mr. Pascal will be happy to send you a personally inscribed bookplate.

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School Begins with Mass of the Holy Spirit

Wed. September 7, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, saw the beginning of classes, highlighted by the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Chaplain Rev. James White celebrated the morning's liturgy for the seniors and juniors, joined at the altar by Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan and Rev. William Melillo. Adding luster to the day was the ceremony for the commissioning of a new group of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. The afternoon's Mass for the freshman and sophomores was celebrated by Chaplain Zach Swantek, joined by President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Msgr. Harahan, Fr. Melillo and newly ordained Deacon Kurt Landeck '72.

The 21 newly commissioned ministers are Brian Cadag, Felipe Cambeiro, Matthew Clarkin, Christian Galvano, Alexander Giaquinto, Kevin Hannon, Creighton Hendrix, John Luke Lembo, Collin Leigh, Thomas Magnier, Daniel Marini, Brendan McCormick, Jared Mehl, Michael Mesce, Jack Nienstedt, Joseph Polifonte, Sahil Rodricks, Nicholas Russo, Jonathan Santos, Jake Smith and Brian Tevlin.

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The Class of 2020 Is in the House

Wed. September 1, 2016

The Class of 2020 spent Day One at Seton Hall Prep on Wednesday as the 265 newest members of the Prep Community attended their Freshman Orientation. Following welcomes from SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, the group heard from a number of other Prep administrators, as well as the members of the Student Council Executive Board. Then it was time to meet their Peer Mentors, the seniors that would lead them through their first year at the school. Breaking up into 14 groups, the frosh began the afternoon by learning new names and getting comfortable in the new environment. Later on they got their schedules, received their locks, lockers and backpacks, got their photos taken, heard from the Assistant Headmaster for Academics, the Directors of Activities and Campus Ministry, and finished off by learning the Alma Mater. Later in the evening, they would regale their parents with the school song as the adults concluded their own orientation. On Thursday the class, accompanied by the senior Peer Mentors, would spend the day off campus at the Annual Freshman Retreat.

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SHP Welcomes the Class of 2020

Sat. August 27, 2016

Seton Hall Prep greeted the Class of 2020 with a Welcome Picnic on Saturday at the Kelly Athletic Complex. With  the grills manned by members of the Prep Fathers Club, the 700 guests enjoyed burgers and hot dogs, as well as the day's perfect weather. The freshman families heard from Admission Director Michael Zinsmeister, Chaplains Frs. Zach Swantek and Jim White, and Fathers Club President Michael Nilan. SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan offered special greetings to the families, welcoming them to "their new home" and encouraging them to take advantage of all the opportunities that will present themselves over the coming months and years.

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Peer Leaders- At Work to Prepare for the New Year

Wed. August 10, 2016

The first week of August saw The Prep's new team of Peer Leaders hit the trail for Pennsylvania and their three-day retreat and workshop that would begin to prepare them for their important task of leading the incoming class of freshmen through their first year at school. The 28 seniors, accompanied by program advisers Theresa Neglia, Dr. Jim Incardona and Peter Ford, worked on building their own team, as well as taking part in discussions and learning some of the skills that point them towards the retreat's ultimate task of forming the 2-man teams that will lead each freshman homeroom. On Tuesday evening, left to their own resources, the adults having been asked to get out, the 3-hour job to find the right chemistry for the 14 teams set up both the Peer Leaders and the Class of 2020 for a great start to the year. The seniors will meet their freshmen on Orientation Day on August 31.

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3rd Annual Memorial lacrosse Festival Celebrates the Life and Spirit of Brendan Tevlin '13

Sat. July 30, 2016

Last Saturday, the 3rd Annual Brendan Tevlin Memorial Lacrosse Festival brought together scores of New Jersey lacrosse fans and friends of the slain Seton Hall Prep graduate, Brendan P. Tevlin '13. Organized by "Tev's" classmates, cousin Mike Condon, Rich Shahpazian and Dave King, the event began three years ago as an afternoon of pick-up games to celebrate the life and spirit of Brendan. The afternoon, sponsored by Seton Hall Prep and the Shillelagh Club, now hosts a pair of games for adults, a women's game and a youth contest at the Helen M. and Edward D. Kelly Athletic Complex. Irish flavor was added to the event, as the players entered the field accompanied by pipers from the Shillelagh Club and South Park Pipes and Drums Corps.

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24 Rising 8th Graders Complete First Ever Pirates Academy

Fri. July 15, 2016

Seton Hall Prep opened its doors this summer to 24 eager rising 8th graders from around the state to embark on a two-week journey and introduction to life at The Prep.

Pirates Academy members gained experience utilizing the school's 3D printers, preparing for high school level math and english courses, learning about our impressive Fine Arts program, performing labs in the state-of-the-art science wing, and participating in athletics under the direction of our varsity coaches.

This nine-day excursion into life as a Pirate also encompassed the service component of Seton Hall Prep's mission, as students prepared sandwiches in the dining hall for St. John's Soup Kitchen. Pirates Academy concluded with a rafting trip down six miles of the Delaware River followed by a hike along the Mt. Tammany Trail in the Delaware Water Gap. While on the trip, Assistant Headmaster, Kevin McNulty, observed, "These students have already created new friendships in less than two weeks and they may have these relationships for years to come." One student from Weehawken said, "Thank you for two of the best weeks of my life."

"We truly hit the ground running in our first year," commented Mr. David Snyder, SHP Teacher, Coach, and Pirates Academy Director. "The students eagerly took to all the lessons and activities, which was due in large part to the incredible engagement of our faculty, who came in to run specific lessons for the boys. We wanted these young men to get a sample of Seton Hall Prep by providing them with the tools to thrive in a rigorous academic program, and the experience of community that characterizes The Prep. Next year we strive to build on this positive momentum!"

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Golf Outing a Huge Success

Mon. June 20, 2016

On June 20 Seton Hall Prep’s Office of Institutional Advancement sponsored the Annual Golf Outing, bringing together nearly 200 alumni, parents and friends for a day of fun, food and friendship on the 36 holes of the Montclair Golf Club. With so many golfers and generous sponsors, the event was also a huge financial success. The Tournament Sponsor, The Daniels Group, was joined in the support effort by Jim Burke/Capital Partners as Golf Cart Sponsor; The Colangelo Family /Complete Business Connections as Gift Sponsor; Acorn Financial Services as Bag Tag Sponsor; Frankoski Construction as Dinner Sponsor; Sandy Hill Foundation /Frank Walsh as Beverage Sponsor; Flag Wharf, Inc./Cannon Family Foundation, Inc. as Lunch Sponsor; Ted McDonagh '90 and Mike Cuccolo '90 as Beverage Cart Sponsors; Averill Fundraising as Straightest Drive Sponsor; and Mike Moretti/Morgan Stanley as Closest to Pin Sponsor.

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iOS Apps on display

Thur. June 2, 2016

A few days before the end of school, students in The Prep's iOS App Development elective showed off their wares at a lunch time gathering in the auditorium. Leading the presentation were juniors Francis Prior and Eric Rao, who had created "DoublePlay," an app that calculates batting and earned run averages, as well as a couple other esoteric "inside baseball" stats. They also used Fabric, Twitter's developer analytics framework, to track useage and daily new user counts of their app.

Joining them in completing their projects were: Chris Koonjy (“Currency Converter”), Richard Beeferman (“Tip Calculator”), Ed Ramirez and Gabe Ribeiro (“Soccer Stadium Database”), Reggie Lahens (“Note Taking App”), David Parchment (“Dictionary App”), Stephen Liss and Seth Constant (“Military Time Converter App”), Andrew Cerbo (“Tapping Game”), Ron Cullen (“Block Trace Game”), Oluwaseyi Williams and Joe Mendoza (“JumpPig Game”), Darrell Wakefield (“Baseball Statistics App”), Proeve Mosaku (“Pokemon Points App”), Cole Hass and Austin Lupo (“Feet-Meter Conversion App”), Ron George (“Movie App Recommendation App”), David Florentine (“Flappy Pirate Game”), Jeremy Lederman (“Hockey Goalie Calculator App”).

The iOS App Development elective is offered to upperclassmen during the school year. Seton Hall Prep is the only New Jersey Catholic prep school to offer such a course. The class assumes no prior knowledge of programming and culminates in the students’ final project— app that will run successfully on an iPhone. The app must conform to Apple’s Human Interface and App Store guidelines. Students taking the class for honors credit must include two additional frameworks into their app besides the default UIKit framework provided by Apple.

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Seton Hall Knocks Off No. 3 St. Augustine for State Title and No. 1 Spot in New Jersey

Sat. June 11, 2016

Yesterday, behind a strong start from freshman pitcher Nick Maldonado, experienced relief from senior Brandon Shamieh, as well as timely hitting from seniors Jack Zyska and Nick DiNicola, Seton Hall Prep won the program's eighth state championship, this time by a 4-2 score over No. 3 ranked St. Augustine.

It was the bottom of the fourth that spelled the difference in the game for the Pirates. First-baseman Ryan Toohers led off with a two-bagger to the wall in the left-field gap, followed by a walk to Justin Miller. DiNicola scored Toohers with a single up the middle. Then Zyska knocked in a pair with another double to center, putting the Hall up 3-0. St. Augustine answered with a pair of runs and had the tying runner on in the top of the fifth, when Shamieh came out of the bullpen with 2 outs and shut the door on the Hermits. Maldonado had allowed two runs off five hits in his 4 2/3 innings.

Seton Hall added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth as DiNicola smoked a ground rule double to left on a 3-0 count to knock in Toohers from third, making the score 4-2. Shamieh tossed the final 2 1/3 and kept St. Augustine in check, with the Pirates disposing of two runners in the final frame. The title is the Hall's eighth state championship, the last one being won on the same field, with current Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello '07 on the mound.

"If you had told me in March that we'd be here winning a state championship as the No.1 team," said Head Coach mike Sheppard Jr.,"I might have told you that you were crazy. Over the years we'll have two or three star players and usually a star pitcher, but we didn't have that here this year. We had a bunch of good players who did their jobs. I'm proud of these guys and what they've been able to accomplish."

Adding to the luster of the day, during the game it was learned that Prep alumni Kevin Mahala and Ty Blankmeyer were selected in the Major League Players Draft, to the Pirates (18th round) and the Reds (36th) respectively.

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Pirates Take Down No. 1 St. Joseph (Mont) for No. Jersey Title

Tues. June 7, 2016


On Tuesday Seton Hall Prep, ranked No. 4 in the state, took down the top-ranked St. Joseph (Mont) by a score of 6-2, copping the North Jersey Non-Public A championship, the 13th crown for the Pirates.

After starter Ryan Toohers made made quick business of the top of the St. Jos. order to start the game, the Hall got to the SJR starter right off the bat, with Jack Zyska's lead-off single, three walks to score John Savino and leaving the bases loaded for Toohers to single to give the Hall a 2-0 lead. Zyska's 2nd inning single made the score 3-0.

St. Joseph's put together a couple of hits in the third to make it 3-2, but Toohers shut them down after that. DH Justin Miller's 2-rbi single in the Pirates' third made it 5-2. After a short rain delay in the bottom of the fourth, the game re-started with a bang, as Pat O'Hare launched a monster round-tripper over the left field wall on the first pitch to put the finishing touches on the Pirates win. SHP will face St. Augustine on Saturday at 11 am at Toms River North with the state title on the line.

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Annual Parent Fund Leadership Celebrates the Year's Success

Thurs. June 2, 2016

Just before the close of the school year, the four Class Chairs of the Annual Parents Fund gathered at Seton House for the year's final meeting and celebrated the year's success. The Parents Fund is a key component of The Prep's overall Annual Fund of yearly gifts from board members, alumni, parents, faculty and friends. This year the Office of Institutional Advancement welcomed the addition of volunteer Parent Chairs for each class to spearhead the goal of growing the funds raised specifically for the Annual Parent Fund.

"What a success it has been this year," noted Director Matt Cannizzo. "Current parents have nearly doubled the rate of giving compared to only three years ago and set a new Annual Parent Fund record for a third year in a row." He expressed his gratitude to all who have contributed and indicated that families may still make a gift by visiting www.shp.org/donate now. The four Class Chairs: 2019- Dawn Sandomeno P'15, 18, 19; 2018- Susan Agnew P'18; 2017- Eileen Hannford P '17, 20; Annual Parent Fund and Class of 2016 Chair Danielle Lumby P'11, 16.

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DeNicola's Round-Tripper Turns Around PirateS Fortunes as the Hall Advances to No. Jersey Final

Fri. June 3, 2016

With the Pirates down 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Nick DeNicola turned the game around with a blast to right with two men on, to give Seton Hall a 4-3 edge. After two scoreless innings SHP added a four-spot in the bottom of the sixth to move their lead to 8-3, helped along with DeNicola's sac fly and Jack Zyska's RBI two-bagger. Ryan Toohers started on the mound for the Pirates, going six innings, allowing four runs. Nick Maldonado came on in relief in the seventh. Bergen Catholic scored a pair of runs in the final frame, but Maldonado put an end to things with a couple of ground outs. The No. 4 Pirates will face No. 1 St. Joseph's (Mont) on Tuesday for the North Jersey Championship, at Ramapo College.

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Inaugural Class of International Students Graduates

Fri. May 20, 2016

As Seton Hall Prep celebrates its 160th anniversary, the school also celebrates the inaugural graduating class of its international program. To mark the occasion, a reception was held at the SHP Seton House on Friday afternoon May 20. Three of the school’s international students (Ziyi "Steven" Niu, Zongzhen "Jack" Yang and Yifan "Nolan" Zhang) were in attendance, in addition to three of the parents (Mr. Yang and Mrs. Geng, Zongzhen's parents, as well as Mrs. Liu, Yifan's mother). Zhoujie Yu, along with his parents, who had flown 14 hours to arrive in New Jersey, were attending an interview at Penn State.

The group was hosted by SHP's president, Msgr. Michael Kelly; headmaster, Msgr. Robert Harahan; international program coordinator, Michael Hegedus, as well as Matt Cannizzo, Sarah Andrews and Michael Perrotta from the Office of Institutional Advancement. Msgrs. Kelly and Hanrahan, as well as Michael Hegedus, offered remarks welcoming the parents to America and expressing their enthusiasm for how much their sons had added to the school’s appreciation of a foreign culture. They also shared with the families how they could become involved in continuing support of The Prep. Each of the students took a turn interpreting for the parents. The families were very curious about the priests who serve at SHP and their vocation. Mrs. Liu was particularly moved by Msgr. Kelly's story of an entire life spent in association with The Prep; she insisted on giving him a hug on the occasion of the 50-year anniversary of his ordination.

Mrs. Liu (Yifan Zhang's mother) arrived from Zhengzhou, a city in Henan province. Mr. Yang and Mrs. Geng (Zongzhen Yang's parents) come from Qingdao, an east coast city in Shandong province. They had traveled over 10,000 miles to attend graduation weekend, literally halfway around the world. The four graduates will attend Foothill College, University of Wisconsin, Penn State and NYU.

On display were beautiful gifts from the international students' parents, including a Chinese calligraphy work from Yifan Zhang's grandfather as well as a beautiful decorative plate. The students received a 160th anniversary commemorative tie that bears the Seton family crest. The parents received a framed photograph of the graduates with Msgr. Kelly, Msgr. Harahan and Mr. Hegedus.


Lax Season Ends as Furious Late Rally Falls Short

Sat. May 28, 2016

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Commencement Caps a Very Special Year

Sun. May 22, 2016

On Sunday May 22 the 227 members of the Class of 2016 made their final walk together as they received their Seton Hall Prep diplomas. The gathering of close to 1900 faculty, alumni, family and friends at Caldwell University's George R. Newman Center had its share of memorable moments, highlighted by presentation of the Msgr. Thomas Fahy Alumnus of the Year Award to Class of 1966 members Michael F. Newman, Joseph F. Walsh and James E. Reynolds III, an address to the graduates by the latter, introduction of attending members of the Golden Anniversary Class of 1966 and an unforgettable Valedictory Address by graduate Bruno Fernandes. President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan presented diplomas to the graduates and, as the ceremony came to a close, the class gathered shoulder to shoulder, joining in the singing of the Alma Mater. [ download the Commencement and Baccalaureate programs ]

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Baccalaureate Mass and Awards Ceremony Begin the Final Farewell

Sat. May 21, 2016

Saturday evening May 21, the 227 members of the Class of 2016, their families and friends gathered at the majestic Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark to celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass and to begin their final farewell to Seton Hall Prep. Celebrant Archbishop John Myers was joined at the altar by Prep President Msgr, Michael Kelly '57, Headmster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Chaplains Rev. James White and Rev. Zachary Swantek, REv. Doug Milewski '81, Rev. Bogumil Misiuk '08 and Deacon Richard O'Hara. Following the Mass, upwards of 80 seniors were called forward to receive awards for academic achievement and for school and community service. [link here for photos of the awards presentations]

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The KAC Heads Towards Finishing Touches

Wed. May 25, 2016

The past two weeks have seen great progress towards the completion of the Kelly Athletic Complex. The JV baseball field saw its first action, several hundred trees have been planted, footings have been placed for the locker facility, refreshment stand and maintenance garage, and the tennis courts have received their finish coat of asphalt. Today's drone flight (piloted by Science Department Chairman Dave Snyder) shows the site in glorious morning light [click for full size view].

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Griffin Bridges Celebrates the Year's Successes

Thurs., May 19, 2016

On Thursday May 14th the Griffin Bridges Community of Advisory Committee Members, program donors, program alumni, scholars and their families gathered for the Annual Potluck Dinner to celebrate the year’s achievements. The event was welcomed by Director Horton Sears, alongside graduating senior and host Bruno Fernandes. After remarks from SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, guests enjoyed dinner prepared by Griffin Bridges families.

Senior Edwin Ramirez stepped to the podium to summarize his Prep experience as a Griffin Bridges Scholar. He expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the program for helping him academically and in his social transformation into the success he is today. He will attend Kenyon College. Senior Raymond Norville also spoke on his unique experience as he was welcomed into the program during his sophomore year. He credited his success to the support he has received through personal hardships and the life lasting relationships he has developed. "The Griffin Bridges program is more than a scholarship for inner-city boys; it's also about providing a foundation for future success," said the Boston College-bound Raymond. Host Bruno Fernandes, named Valedictorian of his class, will attend Princeton University on a full scholarship. Among the other schools the seniors will attend are Villanova, Holy Cross, NJIT, and Loyola. This, the program's largest senior class, received a total of nearly $325,000 in scholarships and grants towards their undergraduate education.

Sophomore Luis Reis presented an award to Science teacher Min Trinh ’06, recognizing his work above and beyond in support of Griffin Bridges. Seniors Ethan Morrison, Adrian Sanchez and Greg Irwin '16 received the Greg Beauzil Big Brother Award for their special dedication to the Big Brother Program.

Concluding the celebration, Director Horton Sears '09 presented the 12 returning scholars in the program. He specially highlighted sophomore Jacques Clovis, who has completed the year with over a 4.35 GPA and who has his sights on attending the W. E. B. DuBois Scholars Institute for Engineering at Princeton this summer. He also made special note of Onyema Eguh, who will attend Envision's National Youth Leadership Forum for Medicine at The University of North Carolina in the coming weeks. Director Sears closed the evening with an introduction of the four incoming students in the Class of 2020: Andre Williams, Wilson Brito Jr. III, Jason Santos, and Victor White.

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Band and C-Tonians Present Spring Concert

Wed., May 18, 2016

The evening of Wednesday of May 18, hundreds of parents and friends enjoyed a wide-ranging musical program offered by The Prep's Band, Jazz Ensemble and A Cappella group, The C-Tonians. Link above to the entire program and photos from the event.

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Pirates Grab 4-Peat GNT Crown

Sat., May 21, 2016

Shamieh, O'Hare, Maldonado Steer Seton Hall to GNT Title
By Bob Behre , Diamond Nation

In this age of the overhyped fastball, Seton Hall Prep’s Brendan Shamieh represents a throwback of sorts who succeeds through guile and guts, a formula that deserves replication. Shamieh (7-0) scattered seven hits over six innings, struck out one and walked one to keep the dangerous Nutley bats at bay on the way to an 11-1 six-inning victory that gave Seton Hall (23-3) its fourth straight Greater Newark Tournament championship and a county-best 16th overall title.

[continue at Diamond Nation]

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Senior Prom Kicks Off Final Week

Tue., May 16, 2016

 

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Building Bridges 5K- Running in Support of an Important Program

Sat., May 14, 2016

Last Saturday the Griffin Bridges Program and McLoone’s Boathouse hosted the 5th Annual Building Bridges 5K Race and Kids Fun Run at its new location around the Orange Reservoir in West Orange. Thanks to Gagnon Securities, TD Ameritrade, Goya Foods, Van Dyk Health Care, Sito Mobile, Msgr. Michael Kelly and the many other key sponsors, the event was another success. This year there were eight runners for our Kid’s Fun Run and another 133 participants in the main event. Among the list of runners were members of USATF NJ.

During the post-race brunch and reception the Top 3 overall male and female winners were recognized. Male winners were Samuel Valentin, Ben Groppe ’17 and Sean Theoclitus ’17 and female winners were Alexis Patrick, Melissa O’Selmo, and Jacqueline Wolfstirn. With the help of President Msgr. Michael Kelly, winners of both a $50 SHP gift basket and a $100 dinner certificate to McLoone’s were drawn to conclude of the reception.

Msgr. Michael Kelly offered closing remarks, thanking participants for taking part in the day’s events, thanking Griffin Bridges Director Horton Sears ’09 and the Prep volunteers for creating a successful event in supporting the deserving young men of the Griffin Bridges Program. The Building Bridges 5K raised over $27,300 in sponsorships, registrations, and individual donations. Horton Sears extended his thanks to all the major donors, volunteers, and new participants. Looking forward he said, “Next year we are excited to continue the next annual event at the Orange Reservoir again. The program also looks forward to connecting with more local businesses to acquire new race sponsorships.”

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Baseball Tournament Album Posted

Sat., May 14, 2016

Seton Hall Prep's #1 seeded team combined a 13-hit barrage with Ryan Toohers shutout pitching for a 13-0 semifinal victory in 5 innings over Montclair yesterday at Belleville's George Zanfini Stadium. The win put the Pirates into the Greater Newark Tournament Final against Nutley, who upset #2 seeded Millburn in the first game of the double header. The tournament final, next Saturday at noon at Verona's Doc Goeltz Field, will mark the 23rd appearance in the title game for the Pirates, who will be looking for their 16th championship and their fourth in a row.

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New Tennis Photo Album

Wed., May 11, 2016

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Pirates Lax Cops ECT With a 4-Peat

Sat, May 7, 2016

Pirates Lacrosse captured the program's fourth straight Essex County Lacrosse title yesterday, overwhelming Montclair with an 18-6 victory. The top-seeded Seton Hall team broke open a 1-1 tie early in the first quarter, going on a 14-0 run that spanned the halftime break. Jack Sarson scored a pair of goals during that run. Ten different players scored for The Prep, led by Sarson's five scores. Brian Tevlin finished with three goals and three assists, while Dan Zarillo also scored a pair. Griffin Westin  had four assists on the afternoon.

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Spanish Honor Society Sends Relief to Ecuador

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Spanish Honor Society recently held two bake sales to raise funds to aid the victims of Ecuador’s devastating April 16 earthquake, which reached a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter Scale. The Prep students raised $200, which will go directly to a Roman Catholic parish in Cuenca, Ecuador, that is involved in the country's relief effort. [photo:] Society President Chris Proaño and Vice President Adrián Abeijón, with Honor Society members Anthony Vásconez and Karlis Kancans, with SHS Adviser Margret Mainardi.

The quake struck near the coast in the province of Esmereldas, with tremors felt in neighboring Columbia and Peru. It was the largest quake to strike there since the 1979 Tumaco earthquake and was followed by over 55 aftershocks in the first 24 hours, killing 650 and injuring nearly 28,000.

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Kairos: Learning From My Students

Friday, May 6, 2016

By Billy Ward, Teacher

Seventy-five young men gathered in a room, crying together. One of their peers, named Chris, was at the podium sharing his story of saying goodbye to his dying mother. The more Chris spoke, the more tears were shed. Some in the room were his best friends and had already lived through the experience with him, and some had not. As Chris continued, the stronger he became. He was showing the same strength his mother shared with him during her long battle with cancer. The scene was surreal. If you had seen it in a movie, you might have doubted the possibility of it ever truly happening. But it did. And it was beautiful. It was difficult and it was beautiful. There was not a person in the room that day whose life wasn’t forever changed. We witnessed the presence of God in Chris and in the community of brothers that listened with their hearts.

This is not a typical scene one imagines when picturing high school boys. Normally, there’s way too much ego involved, way too much competition, and way too much concern about being seen as cool.

But this is Kairos. A Greek word meaning “The Lord’s Time”; or “God’s Timing”.

Kairos is a four day intensive reflection of personal growth and awareness, rooted in a community. It is a time for a student to examine their relationship with themselves, others, and God. It is an experience that is enhanced by taking risks and openly sharing vulnerabilities.

Kairos is a place in time where guys learn to be themselves. A place in time when everyone gets a chance to share their story, because each is a significant piece of the puzzle. A time when they begin to see the moments in their lives as being closely connected back to God.

Kairos teaches these young men to love and be loved. That loving themselves, others and God is the most courageous and fundamental thing they can aspire to do.

These young men are juniors and seniors in high school. And you may think that, “That’s impossible”. Guys are more concerned with sports, girls, music, or where they are going to get their next beer.

But that’s not the truth. I’ve been blessed to witness the growth and development of these young men in our community for twenty-seven Kairos retreats. I, along with my good friend, set the table for them and the Holy Spirit to do her work.

And then these young men courageously step into the truth of who they are. They openly experience the whole spectrum of human emotion. They laugh, they cry, they connect with themselves and God, and they are motivated and inspired by each other. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to witness it all.

To be a student of it all.

As a teacher, I’ve learned a great deal from my students. Way too much to write about in a single article. I am a better man, husband and father because of these guys and I will be forever grateful for this community that we call Seton Hall Prep.

I’ve learned that deep within these young men, and in reality within us all, is a desire to love and be loved, a desire to share our stories, and a desire to be a part of something bigger and greater than just ourselves.

These are themes that I’ve witness on Kairos and in everyday life. We all strive to do exactly what these boys are courageously doing on Kairos. We all yearn to create the best version of ourselves. Deep down, we all want to have the courage to tell someone that we love them. Not one of us wants to be an island. At the core of every single being is the desire to connect.

For now, let the courage in these young be our example. Kairos isn’t just a four day retreat experience.

It’s a way of life.

And on the day I described earlier, Chris taught us all how to live. His mom left a legacy in his heart that he had the courage to share.

When Chris ended his talk, the entire room rose to their feet in a heartfelt applause. Then, one by one, each student approached Chris to give him a hug. I sat in the back witnessing it all. A profound moment. A space in time where everything slowed down so we could remember.

Kairos. God’s time.

Instead of returning to our small groups, I announced that the moment was already so intimate that we would stay together. I opened the floor to the students to share their experience and feelings and then faded to the side.

Tears continued to fall. Guys reached their arms out to one another. The first brave soul stood to share his story: a few years earlier his father had died suddenly right in front of him in their kitchen. He never shared aloud this time in his life but was moved by the courage and faith Chris displayed. He thanked Chris for changing his life; for shifting his perspective. They embraced.

Then the quarterback of the football team stood. A friend in the circle of Chris’ tight group. He was red in the face. Usually stoic and strong, he was vulnerable. He also shared his love for Chris and how inspired he was by the strength and love he witnessed.

Then another student stood, then another. For over half an hour, they shared, they laughed, they cried and they connected. We ended in a prayer with everyone in the room reaching out to one another. The energy in the room was palpable. You could feel the presence of God in these boys and their stories. It was raw and it was life.

Many stood for more hugs and togetherness. We gave the guys some time to vent and to just be. To soak in what just happened. To talk and affirm what had just occurred.

I witnessed and wondered in awe of the timing. God’s timing.

And I thanked God for being able to be a small part of this moment, for being a part of God’s moment. Kairos is a powerful time and place where we plant seeds on how to live and how to love.

These young men have been my greatest teachers.

This program has given me more that I could have ever dreamed of and for that I will be forever grateful.

God Bless you all.

Love and be loved,

Billy Ward


Pirates Golf Downs Livingston

Thursday, May 5, 2016


Lacrosse Win in Kirst Tournament- in Gallery

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mike Kinney H'12 covered the Kirst Tournament for MSG Varsity.

Colin Kirst was able to rely upon the vigorous support of his teammates in the absolute worst of circumstances. So, the senior goalie for darn sure wasn't going to doubt their strength and loyalty just because Seton Hall Prep had fallen behind by three goals seven minutes into play...   Read his entire post here...


Lax Victory vs Lancers in Media Gallery

Friday, April 29, 2016


Easter Break Class Visit to Twain Home and Museum

posted Saturday, April 30, 2016

A large group of students in John Pascal’s Writings of Mark Twain class traveled during Spring Break to Hartford to the Mark Twain House and Museum. The National Historic Landmark was the home to Samuel Clemens from 1874 to 1891 and where he wrote many of his most famous works, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The resident Twain experts led the students on a tour of the 25-room mansion built in the Picturesque Gothic style and filled them in on how the times in which he lived influenced his work.

The staff of the Museum Center remarked that the students were “a pleasure to have on tour and in the collections. They had some great questions and were really immersed in what they were learning.” In consideration of Mr. Pascal’s established reputation with the curatorial staff, the students were allowed to handle Clemens family artifacts, including personal items, family photographs and first editions of his writings, as well as works by his family, friends and associates. The trip closed with a Q&A session with Dr. James Golden, Director of Education at the institution, who congratulated the students, remarking that they were as well prepared for the discussion as his students at Trinity College and the University of Hartford. [photo courtesy of John Pascal]


Win vs Newark Academy Advances Baseball's Record

Friday, April 29, 2016


Behind the Brotherhood

By Fabio Meza '08

Behind the Brotherhood: Seton Hall Prep from Seton Hall Prep on Vimeo.


Fathers Club Auction Raises the Bar

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Last Saturday evening the largest crowd in years enjoyed several hours of fun, food, friendship and bidding at the Fathers Club Annual Pirate Treasure Auction. By the time the night wrapped up, a Prep family had won a Mercedes and, according to early returns, the organization's coffers sported an additional $100,000. Spurred on by raffle items featuring Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Michael Kors, as well as a 65” TV, proceeds from the raffles were up 300% from last year. The live auction also did great business, with marquee prizes like tickets to the PGA at Balrusrol, an autographed Odell Beckham jersey, fishing trips, front row seats for the Mets and prime seating at The Prep’s upcoming graduation.

The auction committee was led by Co-Chairmen Mike Nilan and Jeff Spicka, spreading out over 200 prizes among the Live, Silent & Tricky Tray Auctions. Also a hit were the Pirate Cork Pull & Treasure Chest games conducted by ex FC President Ed Maffey. The Pirate Cove was again erected and manned by Fathers Club Veterans Committee members, Gary Steele, Bob Waldron, Tom Coyne and Pete Nolan. New to the auction were “Guys & Gals” raffle tables, which were a huge success, driven by a Super-Pac ticket deal which gave participants a discount on tickets. The Super Pac was the brain child of former FC President Tom Lynch (who also doubled as the evening’s host) and past Auction Chairman Vinnie D’Antonio Class of ‘80.

Said FC President Tom Young, “..this group of fathers did an amazing job putting together this year’s event. We are very proud to be a part of the Prep community and glad our event had such great support. We received help from everywhere in the Prep community this year, with assistance from the bookstore, the Mothers Auxiliary, and parents of the various sports teams/clubs. We also had great help from the student ambassadors as well as from some of the football team members who helped to set up the gym on Friday after school”. Young continued, “We are truly thrilled that Auction night has become such a community event; we had support from Veteran’s Committee dads Bruce Desonne, John Santucci, Lou Puopolo & Tony Esposito as well as some new fathers who joined the decorating committee; Joe Diamante and Mark Salerno.

Prep Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, President Msgr. Michael Kelly and Tom young presented the 2016 Art Williams Award to Bob Waldron, Class of 1979. The award is given in memory of the late Art Williams, whose tireless efforts “behind the scenes” for many years beginning in the 70s continues to be the hallmark of the Fathers Club.


Celebrating Msgr. Kelly's 50th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Last Sunday more than 700 members of the Seton Hall Prep Community celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Priestly Ordination of the school’s President, Msgr. Michael E. Kelly. The huge gathering of family, friends, Prep staff and alumni joined in the celebration of Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in South Orange, followed by a reception at Mayfair Farms in West Orange. Joining Msgr. Kelly at the altar were fellow Golden Anniversary celebrants Msgr. Edward Bradley and Fr. William Melillo, along with Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Msgr. Thomas Ivory ’56, Msgr. Anthony Ziccardi ’82, OLS Pastor Msgr. Robert Emery and soon to be ordained Deacon Bogumil Misiuk ’08.

Msgr. Kelly recalled for the assembly the central role that Our Lady of Sorrows Church had played in his spiritual life- the scene of his Baptism, his First holy Communion, his service as an altar boy, his Confirmation and, in May of 1966, the site of his first Mass. Calling to mind the words of Jesus as He instituted the Priesthood at the Last Supper—to “do this in memory of Me… As I have loved you, so also should you love one another”— Msgr. articulated what has turned out to be the essence of his life: “We priests are given the spirit of the Lord for the work of his kingdom. We are never sent for ourselves, but for God’s people- to preach, to proclaim, to heal, to advocate, to empower the joy and the prayers of the faithful.”


Pirates Down Highly Ranked Monroe in Extra Innings

Saturday, April 23, 2016


Pirates Track Posted to Media Gallery

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Prep Groups In Service Around the State

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Last Tuesday, while sophomores and juniors slaved away at the completion of their standardized testing, seniors and freshmen devoted the day to community service. Several groups spread out across several counties in a variety of efforts to serve local communities.

Renewing The Prep’s decades-old relationship with the Community FoodBank of hillside, the entire freshman class and their Peer Mentors spent the morning sorting, cleaning and packing up donated food to be distributed to local soup kitchens in food-deprived locales. Back in the Dining Hall another group put together up food packages, and 60 seniors helped the Wounded Warriors Project with the production of more than 300 care packages destined for American service members stationed in the Middle East. Meanwhile, just around the corner, at our Lady of the Valley Church, a group gave a deep cleaning to the parish’s soup kitchen; and three miles away a dozen students constructed raised vegetable beds at a community center in Montclair.

Close to 50 miles west in Milford, at the Alexandria Township Farm (way out 78), 45 seniors teamed with volunteers from Grow-A-Row to plant 12,000 pounds of potatoes which, when harvested in the fall, will help fill the needs of the organization’s partner, the Community FoodBank. America’s Grow-A-Row has developed a relationship with The Prep over the last several years, helping to educate Seton Hall students about volunteerism and the ways to meet hunger and nutritional issues of NJ residents. Last year the organization donated 1,000,000 pounds of produce for distribution in the state.


Kairos 86.26 and 86.27

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Having just returned from Easter Break, a large group of juniors and seniors headed off for four days of reflection and prayer in Haverstraw, NY at the third Kairos Retreat of the year. Dubbed Kairos 86.27, the group followed on the heels of a similar group that attended Kairos 86.26 back at the end of January. Student leaders, former retreatants at earlier editions of Kairos, offered talks to their classmates and led small group discussions at the Don Bosco Retreat Center, also the home of the Salesian National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, overlooking the Hudson River, just off the Palisades Parkway.

Faculty facilitators included Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan, Chaplains Frs. James White and Zach Swantek, Campus Minister Sharon Rondinella, Retreat Director Billy Ward, Dean of Men Michael Gallo, Rick Ingraffia, Horton Sears, Tess Marino, and John Rodino. Student leaders comprised Nick Appleby, Michael Bowman, Niall Breagy, Jack Carson, Ryan Compoli, Brian Donohue, Meade Eggleston, Sean Gallagher, Demoan Guinta, Patrick Hollander, Ben Mara, Connor Merklinger, Tommy McCormack, James McGuire, Joseph Skinner, Paul Scollo, Chris Tangretti, Oluwassyi Williams and Justin Wozniak.


Coach Mike Sheppard Joins the Elite 700 Win Club

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Yesterday Coach Mike Sheppard joined an elite group of baseball coaches in New Jersey as he collected his 700th career victory in a 2-0 shutout of West Essex. He joins Kenny Frank (830), Marty Kenney (765), Tony Ferrainolo (754) and Harry Shatel (752).

After an 11-11-1 first season as West Orange head coach in ’86, Shep took over the Seton Hall Prep program in 1987. In his time leading the Pirates (689-179-3), he has sent 40 players to the Division-1 level. In addition, 17 Pirates have gone on to play at the professional level, including pitcher Rick Porcello, who was a first-round draft choice by the Detroit Tigers in 2007. Porcello is currently pitching for the Boston Red Sox. He signed a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension with the club last spring and recently made a $1million gift to the Capital Campaign to build the new baseball field at the Kelly Athletic Complex.

During Shep’s tenure the Pirates have collected nine Non-Public A North titles and six NJSIAA state Non-Public A championships. The Hall has also won 13 Greater Newark Tournament trophies with him at the helm. Coach Sheppard has been inducted into four Halls of Fame: Seton Hall University (1991), Newark, N.J. (1995), Seton Hall Prep (2005) and NJSIAA (2006). He was named the American Baseball Coaches Association Region 2 and National Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2007. The 2007 Pirates (32-1) finished the year as the No. 1 team in the nation according to USA Today. Currently ranked the No. 5 team on the NJ.com Top 20, the Pirates are a perfect 10-0 to start the year.


Lax Album vs National Power in Gallery

Sunday, April 17, 2016

"Anything Goes" - The Prep's Springtime Hit!

Sunday, April 17, 2016


The weekend of April 14-16 the close to 100 in the cast and crew treated three audiences to a spectacular production of Cole Porter’s
Anything Goes." The popular musical, written and first produced in 1934 the depths of the Great Depression, debuted on Broadway in the Alvin Theater and has been popular ever since, undergoing several stage and movie revivals in America, Great Britain and Australia.

The Prep production was directed by Arts Department Chairman Joseph A. Neglia, assisted by Theresa Neglia, and featured roles portrayed by Kathryn Aman, Dan Dyer, Liam Doerr, Eden Mau, Anna Salamone, Boby Dries, Egan Barnitt, Jaris Owens, James Musson, Liam O’Driscoll, Erney Fertile, Richard Martin, Paolo Arante and Brian Cadag. Set and Lighting Design were directed by Prep alumnus Brian Sosa ’10.

With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story plays out as a series of madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. The production introduced such well known stick-in-your-head songs as “Anything Goes,” “You're the Top,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.” The original musical had a tryout in Boston, before opening on Broadway on November 21, 1934. It ran for 420 performances, becoming the fourth longest-running musical of the 1930s, despite the impact of the Depression on Broadway patrons’ disposable income. Directed by Howard Lindsay with choreography by Robert Alton and sets by Donald Oenslager, it starred Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney,William Gaxton as Billy Crocker and Victor Moore as Moonface Martin. The musical subsequently went through revivals in 1962 and 1987 off Broadway, 1989 and 2002 in London and again on Broadway in 2011. The 1936 Paramount movie version starred Ethle Merman and Bing Crosby; the 1956 movie brought back Crosby with Donald O’Connor and Mitzi Gaynor. In 1954 the television version starred Merman alongside Frank Sinatra and Bert Lahr (of Cowardly Lion fame) as an episode of the Colgate Comedy hour.

New Baseball Album Posted

Sunday, April 17, 2016

SHP Crew Club Making a Name for Itself

Friday, April 15, 2016


On Saturday, April 9th, the newly-formed SHP Crew Club competed in their first race, the MYSO Regatta (formerly known as the North New Jersey Championships). Under the tutelage of coach Bryan Villaruel, the Men's Novice 4+ boat earned a silver medal, and the Men's Novice 8+ boat earned a bronze medal in their respective races. The team managed to beat seasoned programs such as Nutely, St. Benedict's Prep, Belleville, and St. Peter's Prep, turning plenty of heads and asserting themselves onto the North Jersey Crew scene. The school is excited to see what successes lie ahead for this new program.

Lacrosse Game Posted to Media Gallery

Monday, April 11, 2016

Battle of Top Baseball Teams Posted in Media Gallery

Sunday, April 10, 2016

baseball win posted in media gallery

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Launched! Seton Hall Prep Official Online Store Now Open

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Seton Hall Prep has launched a brand new online store, offering students, alumni, parents, and all members of of The Prep community an online destination for items found in SHP's campus bookstore. View our collection of Men's, Women's, and Youth apparel, as well as a variety of accessories offered for purchase on the web. Find extensive collections of tops, bottoms, hoodies, hats, and formal wear, supplied by industry leaders including Under Armour, Vineyard Vines, Champion, Holloway, and more! Accessories range from blankets and common household items- soon to become mainstays in the living room- to travel cups and decals to showcase your support for our Pirates while on the road.

Our new home for merchandise on the web, powered by Shopify, is here to help supply a borderless Seton Hall Prep community with apparel so often requested by alumni and family all over the globe! Access the Seton Hall Prep Official Online Store by visiting our main website, shp.org, then hover over the "Prep Life" top menu option, and select "SHP Store". Follow our social media accounts, @SetonHallPrep on Twitter and Instagram, and "Seton Hall Prep" on Facebook, for new items and specials relevant to the store, as well as information on all happenings here at The Prep.

SHP Robotics Team 5992 Steps Into Big-Time Competition

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Last weekend, after months of work, the Pirates Robotics Team 5992 finally emerged from their afterschool classroom haunts and took to the big time the Mid-Atlantic District Event at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. The event, a cross between a circus, a NASCAR race and a Final Four match-up, brought together 40 teams from across the state. This is serious business at some of the competing schools, one of which recently added a $1.5million addition to their building dedicated to technology and robotics.

Many of the teams brought cheering sections, mascots and pitcrews, often setting up shop with what looked like the back room at a NAPA or AutoZone store. The atmosphere was festive, with teams engaged in spirited camaraderie. More than once the PA announcer called for attention to the fact that one of the teams needed some wood screws or a 6-inch wheel; the need was quickly filled.

The robots, the result of hundreds of hours of afterschool and weekend work, are designed to perform a variety of tasks and maneuvers needed to deal with the obstacles on the course, as well as the defensive moves thrown up by the other competitors. In fact, for the first segment of each competition the bots must deal autonomously with the first obsacles, with the operators hands off the controls.

The 2016 competition had a Medieval theme, with scoring based on breaching eight types of defenses picked by the teams and the audience, and by gathering and shooting boulders at the tower. In practice sessions the team figured out how to breach a set of four pivoting ramps called the "cheval de frise."

Our Team 5992 played 10 matches from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon and were ranked in the 20’s until late in the tournament. Pirate driver was freshman Ross Johnson, scoring goals and out maneuvering the defenders, while senior David Fleurantin was the Java programmer. Going up against well-heeled and experienced teams, the Pirates were not shaken by eventually winding up down the list of finishers. "We learned a lot,” noted Doug DelTurco. “We saw what we need to improve on next year, how to improve the entire process. But we’re OK with how things are working out.”

The Prep team comprises Binrui Yang, Ryan Gurney, Max Sedlak, Aidan Musser, Ricky Zhang, Douglas Del Turco, Brian Axelson, Arjun Trivedi , Robert Budzyn, Ross Johnson, David Fleurantin, Yifan Zhang, Aarav Shah, Luyi Tang, Will Singer, Dhrumin Shah, Zhixiang Zhou, Prep parent Bret Musser and faculty members John Egan, Minh Trinh, Geralyn DeGeorge and Dave Snyder. Mr. Snyder, Chairman of the Science Department, was quick to note, "Special thanks go out to John Egan, who early in the year grabbed the bull by the horns to get this team born and moving forward. His efforts and leadership, played out over free time and on weekends, were critical in getting our team to where it is today." He also noted the important role that the Clifton High School Robotics Team took on as mentors for The Prep's first year effort.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science, math, engineering and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities those fields, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Seeking to ensure that America does not fall behind the rest of the world, FIRST has corralled sponsorships from such major enterprises as Rockwell, Underwriters Laboratories, GM, Johnson & Johnson, Chrysler, Picatinny Arsenal and the Department of Defense. Participation in the events does not come cheaply to the schools.

This year the SHP team benefited from critical financial support from the Edison Foundation. If Prep community members have any suggestions about other ways to garner any corporate sponsorship for the school’s program, please contact Adviser John Egan.

Fr. Kilcarr's 1st Pitch Opens the KAC

Sunday, April 3, 2016


Sandwiching the game between a pair of weather fronts, the Prep Baseball Team opened the 2016 season following the blessing of the field by SHP President Michael Kelly and the delivery of the first pitch by former Head Coach Fr. Stephen Kilcarr. The pregame ceremony included a welcome from Headmaster Msgr, Robert Harahan and a reading from St. Paul by Chaplain Fr. Zack Swantek. Fr. Kilcarr had chosen as his battery-mate for the inaugural toss his former player and current Pirates Assistant Coach Frank Gately '86.

In his remarks Msgr. Kelly made special note of the many alumni, parents and friends of The Prep that had made the field a reality. He called particular attention to the extraordinary generosity lent to the project by Rick Porcello '07, currently a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, and the Porcello family, as well as the tireless work of Prep attorney Robert Williams, who continues to lead the school through the maze issues that plague any project of this magnitude.

Fr. Kilcarr was head coach from 1973 to 1986, winning more than 225 games, while garnering a state championship, a Greater Newark Tournament title and an Iron Hills Conference crown. He later coached the freshman team for 20 years. He was a religion teacher at The Prep for deades before his health sidelined him five years ago. He currently resides at the Msgr. Kelly Residence in Caldwell. 

The Pirates won the opener against Montclair, 10-0 (6 inn.) behind the pitching of Brendan Shamieh, who allowed only 2 hits, and a 6-run outburst in the 5th, with another pair tagged on in the 6th to end the game.

Baseball Team's Annual Day at the Links- At the KAC

Friday, April 1, 2016


With Opening Day at the new KAC diamond scheduled for Saturday morning, the Pirates Baseball Team, decked out in their finest golf attire, jumped the gun a little with a private opening of the facility for the team's 5th annual baseball-golf outing. The 6-hole layout on the FieldTurf featured a couple of long par-4s and even shots over the bullpen wall. Several scoring controversies and a 2-stroke penalty left last year's champions disappointed and out of the running. The tense match came down to the wire, with a closest-to-the-pin single shot playoff determining the victor, the trophy going to the winning team of Coach Mike Sheppard, Asst. Coach Frank Gately and manager Dan Metcalf.

Spring Sports Open- Lacrosse Opener in Media Gallery

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Prep Faculty Begins Easter Week on Retreat

Thursday, March 25, 2016


The day after Prep students headed off onto their Easter Break, the faculty met at the Quellen Spiritual Center in Mendham to take stock of their personal and professional lives. Following an opening prayer by Fr. Zach Swantek, Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan introduced Most Rev. John Flesey, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark to deliver the day's reflections. Drawing on his long experience in the area of Pastoral Counseling and his studies in psychology, Bishop Flesey led the faculty on an exploration of the ways in which they interact with their students and the manner in which they can grow in their appreciation of their vocation as teachers. The day closed with Mass in the chapel of the enormous home to the Sisters of Christian Charity.

Easter Liturgy Commemorates Three Golden Jubilees

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Last Tuesday The Prep's Easter Liturgy commemorated the 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood of a trio of Seton Hall Prep priests, whose lives and priestly service have been intertwined with school life since 1966. Current SHP President Msgr. Michael Kelly, Msgr. Edward Bradley and Rev. William Melillo were ordained in May of that year. Principal celebrant of the day's Mass Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan reminded called to mind for the students in attendance the innumerable number of families whose lives the three priests have touched, the thousands of marriages, baptisms and funerals they have officiated at for generations of Seton Hall Prep alumni, students and their parents.

In a special tribute, Prep teacher John Merklinger '08 introduced four seniors who had dedicated their Senior Service Project to the priests. Ron Cullen performed his year's work with The Seeing Eye in the name of Msgr. Kelly. Shawn Zimmermann's service for young cancer patients at Morristown Medical Center was dedicated to Fr. Melillo. The team of Brian Jordan and Greg Irwin worked with Operation Shoebox on behalf of American service members stationed overseas, dedicating the project to Msgr. Bradley.

The day proved to be a most special way to head off onto Easter Recess.

5th Annual Peace and Justice Day Brings Together Topics Close to Home

Thursday, March 17, 2016


The Prep’s 5th Annual Conference on Peace and Justice took place on Wednesday March 26, highlighted by a pair of keynote addresses, several dozen workshops and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The weeks of organizing by Service Learning for Social Justice Director Vincent McMahon, Event Coordinator Campus Ministry Director Sharon Rondinella and junior Chris Copolla and senior Chris Alesso paid off in a day full of new information, interesting discussions and a moving and impassioned address that brought the audience to its feet in appreciation.

MaryEllen Salamone, a proud Seton Hall mother of two alumni, has been actively involved in non-profits, for the past 15 years, helping children cope with grief and loss. Having testified before the US Congress shortly after 9/11, she has been an advocate of healing through service since her husband died in the attacks. Her passion to educate young people and to see “positive change happen” after her husband’s death has led to a new 9/11 curriculum for New Jersey schools that will likely be used far beyond the state’s borders. She is co-founder of Families of September 11. Her Keynote Address detailed how she and her family have coped with events that could have easily engendered hatred, turning them into opportunities to build peace and brotherhood. The conclusion to her remarks invoked the recent scene of The Prep’s fans, arm in arm, singing and swaying to the Alma Mater at the state tournament basketball game, bringing those in the auditorium out of their seats.

The second Keynote was presented by former NY Giants punter Steve Weatherford, a Super Bowl winner and now nationally known philanthropist and activist for community service. He spoke about the need to spend time finding out what each person’s individual gifts are, and then turning them into instruments of good for others.

A sampling of the organizations providing workshops includes: The Seeing Eye, The Community FoodBank of NJ, America’s Grow-a-Row, Project Rachel, Adopt One Village, Camp New Day, Hope for the Children, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County, Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warriors Project, St. Luke’s Youth Ministry, Operation Smile, St. James Social Service Corporation, and The York Street Project, among others, as well as individuals speaking on related topics.

3v3 Basketball Tournament Raises Funds for Operation Smile

Monday, March 14, 2016

On Friday, March 11, the SHP Student Council and the Operation Smile Club ran their annual 3v3 basketball tournament to benefit Operation Smile. There were 14 teams in the tournament this year, which raised $600 for the worthy cause. After some competitive preliminary rounds and a playoff run filled with intensity and several upsets, team 1730 defeated team Trey Ball Sosa in the championship game by a score of 24-21. Thanks to all the teams who participated and we hope to see you at this event again next year!

The Kelly Athletic Complex Comes Alive

Sunday, March 13, 2016


The final phase of the Kelly Athletic Complex has come alive in the last week after nearly a decade of planning and a year of construction, as the baseball program took to the new field for tryouts and a first scrimmage against Ramapo HS on Saturday. The spring-like weather and clear blue skies in the second week of March were the background for Coach Mike Sheppard's workouts with a large contingent of players trying to make the squad. 

The complex, once the last finishing touches are completed, will be a true showcase venue for baseball and tennis. The varsity baseball field, featuring its FieldTurf surface (315 down the lines, 365 in the gaps, 385 to center), major league dugouts, batting cages and bullpens, will be the centerpiece for the showcase venue and will be accompanied by an all-natural grass JV field and five tennis courts. Off the first base line, teams can drill on a half-sized multi-purpose pracatice field. Soon to come on line are a field house and maintenance buildings. The 20-acre setting is surrounded by the about-to-bud trees and a stunning view of Manhattan 14 miles to the east.

The success of the project to complete the Kelly Athletic Complex is due to the philanthropic gifts that Seton Hall Prep families and friends have offered over the past three years to the school's "Generations" Capital Campaign, a $20,000,000 fundraising effort to prepare The Prep for the future. In addition to the enhancement of the KAC, the components of the campaign include the construction of the John J. Murphy '52 Science Center and the growing of the school's endowment. The generosity of The Prep Family has helped the campaign reach its original goal, which now has been re-set to $25,000,000.

State Tournament Run Ends for Pirates- Album in Media Gallery

Friday, March 11, 2016

Jean Clervil '07 Returns to Encourage a Quest for Personal Fulfillment among Griffin Bridges Scholars

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Seton Hall Prep alumnus, poet and motivational speaker Jean Clervil ’07, aka Mr. Changing Lives, recently brought his presentation to a group of Griffin Bridges students, encouraging them to unwrap their personal gifts to ultimately fulfill their dreams. Jean shared some of the tough lessons he learned and challenges he overcame throughout his high school and college years to create a career for himself through poetry. One of his core messages was “if God has giving you life, He has also given you a purpose. Make sure that each breath you take moves you towards fulfilling His true purpose in your life.”

Jean discovered his love for poetry during his freshman creative writing class with Prep English teacher Marty Berman. The 26-year-old has published two books while attending William Paterson University and has received great support for his work from well-known personalities, including Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Cory Booker and many others. He financed his first book by selling pins at college emblazoned with uplifting quotes on them. His quotes and aphorisms have taken social media by storm. One reads: “Most people don’t have a clear picture of their dream because they let fear hold the camera.” Another: “A person doesn’t die when he or she reaches the grave. They die when their dreams do.”

Jean remarked how grateful he was to share his story at his alma mater. He looks forward to returning and empowering even more students with his story and poetry. His most recent book, Is it Worth it?, can be found on Amazon and will soon be available for sale in the Prep bookstore.

B'Ball State Tournament Album Posted

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Pirates Take Home the School's 17th Essex County Basketball Tournament Crown

Monday, February 29, 2016


Seton Hall Prep survived a cold-shooting third quarter to rebound in the fourth against a game Newark East Side team and come away with a 50-44 victory and the school’s 17th Essex County Tournament title. The crown marks this senior class’s third title and fifth in the last six seasons.

The Prep went into the locker room at the half with a 12-point cushion, thanks to a 9-3 run in the second quarter when the Pirates leaned on strong play from Brandon Oladapo and Treyvon Bennett. But East Side’s play and several key Seton Hall misses allowed the Newark school their own hot streak in the third period, scoring 15 to the Hall's three.

TJ Gibbs and Zach Keller righted the ship with several key scores in the fourth period, when the team outscored the Red Raiders 14-9, including a 7-2 run that re-established control. Gibbs finished with 15 points, Keller, 13.

Seton Hall took good care of the ball all game long, with only two turnovers; they caused 12 by East Side, which led to 20 points. Seton Hall now heads into the state tournament, opening up their quest for a state crown against the winner of the Pope John-Delbarton game next week.

Students Use Teacher-Developed Technology in Theology Class

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Seton Hall Prep theology teacher Jonathan Lace spent approximately three years developing a theological resource app for high school, college, and seminary students. Last July, the app Theologica was released by the App Store and is currently available for download in the iTunes App Store. “Since its release, students have been using the app to compose theological essays, and the quality of their work has greatly improved,” proclaims Mr. Lace, whose intentions were to create an app which serves as a self-contained theological library that presents theology in multiple contexts and offers opportunities for sharing theological reflection. For more information on how students are using this teacher developed resource for their academic benefit, see Mr. Lace’s blog post.

SHP's Buzz-Off Raises Cash for Cancer Research

Thursday, February 25, 2016


The 2016 SHP Buzz-Off for Cancer Research took place mid-day on Wednesday February 24 in the Giblin Auditorium. With more than 40 students and a dozen faculty members offering up their heads of hair, mustaches or beards, the organizers raised $4327 in just over an hour, with more to come through the sale of their specially designed T-shirts going on sale at the Winter Coffehouse on the 26th.

The event, the fourth since its origin in June of 2010, was spearheaded by seniors Dan Metcalf, Mike Whipp, Jack Young and Ian Saheed, along with Service Learning Program Director Vinnie McMahon and Director of Campus Ministry Sharon Rondinella. Those doing the shearing include local barbers Will Babcock and Louis Yinbirikeye, and faculty members Chris Scheick, Horton Sears and Chris Barnitt.

Hockey State Tournament Game in the Gallery

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Basketball County Tournament Action Posted

Sunday, February 21, 2016

National Honor Society Inducts New Members

Thursday, February 18, 2016


On Wednesday evening Seton Hall Prep's Walter McMahon Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted its newest class of members in an evening ceremony attended by friends and family. Following an introduction by NHS Adviser John Henrikson, and an invocation from Headmaster Msgr. Robert E, HarahanMaster of Ceremonies Richard Denton ‘17 welcomed the inductees and guests, and introduced Assistant Headmaster for Academics Kevin McNulty, who spoke about how proud he was of the organization and the group’s tradition of devoting their “geekdom” to the service and betterment of the school. His words were followed by those of the evening’s keynote speaker, Prep history teacher Michael Hulsy, whose remarks centered on the hallmark qualities each of the members is called to model— character, leadership, service and academic excellence. Four senior NHS officers followed— Bruno Fernandes ’16, Patrick Hollander ’16, Brendan Walsh ’17 and Robert Vanaria ‘16— in their turn lighting a candle representing each of the qualities and taking to the podium to shed further light on them. Then, each of the inductees was called forward to receive the NHS pin from the officers.

The newest members of the NHS are: Senior Inductees: Robert Dries, Demoan Giunta, Gregory Irwin, Colin Kirst, Yifan Zhang; Junior Inductees: William Banker, Robert Budzyn, Stephen Burkly, James Caprio, Yuheng Chen, Matthew Clarkin, Connor Compoli, Brendan Cook, Ian Creelman, Aaron Deditch, Andrew Deditch, Richard Denton, Albert Dimaculangan, Edwin Donnelly, Matthew Durborow, Jack Ehrich, James Ennis, Ryan Franklin, Thomas Freda, Tomas Gato, Noah Gould, John Guirgis, John Helsel, Creighton Hendrix, Gerard Hug, Matthew Jones, Samuel Kuprianov, Zachary Lima, Julian Londono, Ray Lozano, John Lynch, Thomas Magnier, Quinn McDonnell, Jared Mehl, Michael Mesce, Nicolas Mottesi, Kyle Neve, Kevin O'Connor, Nick Patel, Thomas Piesla, Joseph Polifonte, Francis Prior, Luan Quispe, Daniel Raffaelli, Robert Ramsthaler, Stephen Rivera, Matthew Robinson, Sahil Rodricks, Nicholas Roszkowski, Sekou Rowe, Chasse Rush, Nicholas Russo, Isaac Soliman, Philip Sprague, Noah Stiesi, Owen Talmadge, Brian Tevlin, David Towell, Brandon Troeller, Brendan Walsh, Justin Yagozinski, Sam Yildirimlar, Jian Zhang.

Pirates B'Ball County Tournament Opener in Media Gallery

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Monkey

Friday, February 12, 2016


On Tuesday February 9 the members of Michael Hegedus’ Mandarin classes led Seton Hall Prep in welcoming the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey and the year 4713 on the Chese calendar. Junior Eric Zhao welcomed the guests to the activity period assembly and introduced the recently formed Silk Road Ensemble, comprising Paolo Arante ’18, Bernard Barillo ’16, Joseph Chen ’18, Karliss Kancans ’16 and Nolan Zhang ’16. They were followed by seniors John Caramichael and Steven Niu, who, in a flip of cultures, an gave an introduction called “Journey to the West” in Chinese and English respectively. Eric Zhao and LG Marapao '18 presented a Monkey King Martial Arts Duel to the accompaniement of a scene from “The Forbidden Kingdom, Return of the Monkey King” video. A trivia quiz and raffle followed and the celebration closed with the closing song “Gongxi, Gongxi” (Congratulations to You!) offered by the members of the Mandarin classes.

The Chinese New Year, also know as the Spring Festival, is steeped in layers of myths and traditions. It is celebrated in many countries throughout Asia, including Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, and in other parts of the world where people with Asian heritage have settled. It is a time for families to come together to eat good food and participate in cultural traditions. The years are designated by the signs of the Chinese Zodiac, with the Red Monkey being 9th of the 12 signs.

The date for Lunar New Year depends on the lunisolar calendar, which charts time based on the movements of both the moon and the sun. On the Gregorian calendar, the holiday will generally fall between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. The festival reportedly traces its origins to the Shang Dynasty (between 1600 BC and 1100 BC), when people offered sacrifices to gods and ancestors to mark the end of an old year and the beginning of a new year. A legendary wild beast named Nien (or "year") was thought to attack people at the end of the old year. Villagers would use loud noises and bright lights to scare the creature away, a practice that slowly morphed into the Lunar New Year festivities. 

Ash Wednesday Marks the Beginning of Lent

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Seton Hall Prep marked the start of the Lenten season on Wednesday with the distribution of ashes during a pair of Masses for the school community. Freshmen and sophomores attended the liturgy during the morning assembly, juniors and seniors in the afternoon.

References to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance appear in writings from as early as the second century. The ashes are made from blessed palm brances taken from the previous year's Palm Sunday Mass. The day is one of penitential prayer and fasting, and marks the begining of the Season of Lent, a time of penance, reflection and fasting which prepares the Church for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

The class of 2020 comes on board

Monday, February 8, 2016


Months of hard work on the part of the Admission Office culminated in a pair of events that welcomed the Class of 2020 to Seton Hall Prep.

On Sunday January 31 The Prep hosted Candidates’ Day for students that had been selected for admission to the Class of 2020. Admission Director Michael Zinsmeister, President Msgr. Michael E. Kelly and Headmaster Msgr. Robert E. Harahan welcomed the several hundred guests to Giblin Auditorium and introduced Prep staff members who laid out details concerning the wide variety of programs offered at the school— academics, spiritual life, extracurricular activities, athletics, college placement, technology and transportation. The families also heard first-hand accounts of life at The Prep from seniors Achim Younker, Bruno Fernandes and John Caramichael.

Following the presentation in the auditorium, the families headed to the Dining Hall, where they were able to speak with representatives of the academic departments, discuss the students’ math and English placement and enjoy refreshments provided by the Mothers Auxiliary.

Last Saturday, February 6, marked the most important day in the Admission Office calendar— Registration Day for the incoming class. A steady stream of families passed through the Dining Hall to sign up students for the Class of 2020. In addition to the requisite paperwork, students got sized for their gym uniforms and warm weather golf shirts, visited the bookstore to load up on Pirates gear and took it all home in their new Prep backpacks. The Class of 2020 was now on board.

Marquee basketball match-up posted to media gallery

Sunday, February 7, 2016

5 pirates celebrate national letters of intent

Friday, February 5, 2016


Five Prep student-athletes celebrated the signing of their National Letters of Intent to Division I athletic programs on Thursday. They were joined on the occasion by their parents, coaches and school officials.

T.J. Gibbs, point guard on the Pirates Basketball team, signed his NLI last November, the nation’s first signing period, with the University of Notre Dame. Closing in on The Prep’s all-time scoring record, Gibbs was Essex County Player of the Year in 2015, with numerous county, conference and state honors to his credit. Zach Keller also signed in November, to play football at Princeton University. Rolling up more than 4500 passing yards, with 42 TDs and a 60% completion record in his career, he was 2nd Team All State, as well as Essex County and Super Essex Conference Offensive Player of the Year. [At Princeton he will join current Prep classmate Bruno Fernandez and Prep alumnus Spencer Weisz, junior forward on the Tigers basketball team.] Tristan Stowell will join the Providence Friars soccer program following a standout season with The Prep’s highly ranked team, where, from his midfield position, he earned All-County and All-State honors. Brandon Moorer, currently among the top quarter milers in New Jersey, will head to Northeastern University. Beginning in his sophomore year at The Prep, he has gained All County and All Conference and All State standing. Rory Schlageter was Zach Keller’s favored target last fall. The tight end hauled in 26 passes for 428 yards and 5 TDs. Collecting All-Conference and All Area honors, he was also an MSG All-State Honorable Mention. He signed his NLI with Columbia University.

By signing a National Letter of Intent a student-athlete agrees to attend the offering institution full-time for at least one academic year and the institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for the same period.

The greening of the kac moves quickly ahead

Sunday December 6, 2015


Thanks to the unseasonably warm fall weather, the JV baseball field at the Kelly Athletic Complex heads rapidly towards completion, as the work crew has been able to lay the nearly three acres of sod onto the clay and sand base layers laid down two weeks ago. Using state of the art laser-guided leveling tools to ensure the proper elevations of the infield and mound area [click photo above], over three days the crew first set down 2x4 foot rolls of sod and placed them along the foul lines and the infield around the pitcher's mound. In the final phase they switched to 15x60 foot rolls of sod laid down by machine to complete the outfield.

At the same time, the foundations for the dugouts were laid down along the baselines of the varsity's artificial turf field, which was completed several weeks ago. Next on the list will be the construction of the locker, concession and storage facilities in the area between the current lacrosse/soccer field and the varsity baseball field. And on the near horizon next spring is the reconstruction of the current lacrosse/soccer field and track with artificial turf in order to serve also as the home of Pirates football. [drone flight pilot- Dave Snyder]

Kairos 86.25 returns

Saturday December 5, 2015


The second Kairos Retreat of the year returned from the group's three days away at the Don Bosco Retreat Center in Stony Point New York. The 35 retreatants and their 20 student leaders were joined on their stay by Retreat Director Billy Ward, Campus Minister Sharon Rondinella, Chaplains Frs. Jim White and Zack Swantek and faculty members Julie Wester, John Egan, Vin McMahon and Mike Sheppard. Headmaster Msgr. Robert Harahan celebrated Mass with the group on Wednesday evening.

The time away from the daily routine affords the students numerous opportunities for self-reflection and for learning about the ways in which their personal experiences are shared by their classmates. The days are filled with prayer and ways to learn of God's presence in their lives and surroundings.

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